Questions involving improper integrals, defined as the limit of a definite integral as an endpoint of the interval of integration approaches either a specified real number or ∞ or −∞, or as both endpoints approach limits.

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Proving $\int_{0}^{\infty} \mathrm{e}^{-x^2} dx = \dfrac{\sqrt \pi}{2}$

How to prove $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \mathrm{e}^{-x^2}\, dx = \frac{\sqrt \pi}{2}$$
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Solving the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin{x}}{x} \ dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

A famous exercise which one encounters while doing Complex Analysis (Residue theory) is to prove that the given integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin x}{x} \ dx = \frac{\pi}{2}$$ Well, can anyone ...
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Calculating the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{1+x^2}\mathrm{d}x$ without using complex analysis

Suppose that we do not know anything about the complex analysis (numbers). In this case, how to calculate the following integral in closed form? $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\cos\;x}{1+x^2}\mathrm{d}x$$
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A few improper integral

$$\displaystyle \begin{align*} & \int_{0}^{+\infty }{\frac{\text{d}x}{1+{{x}^{n}}}} \\ & \int_{-\infty }^{+\infty }{\frac{{{x}^{2m}}}{1+{{x}^{2n}}}\text{d}x} \\ & \int_{0}^{+\infty ...
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Simpler way to compute a definite integral without resorting to partial fractions?

I found the method of partial fractions very laborious to solve this definite integral : $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sqrt[3]{x}}{1 + x^2}\,dx$$ Is there a simpler way to do this ?
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Show that $\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\frac {\log^2\sin x\log^2\cos x}{\cos x\sin x}\mathrm{d}x=\frac14\left( 2\zeta (5)-\zeta(2)\zeta (3)\right)$

Show that : $$ \int_{0}^{\Large\frac\pi2} {\ln^{2}\left(\vphantom{\large A}\cos\left(x\right)\right) \ln^{2}\left(\vphantom{\large A}\sin\left(x\right)\right) \over ...
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Prove: $\int_0^1 \frac{\ln x }{x-1} d x=\sum_1^\infty \frac{1}{n^2}$

I'd like your help with proving that $$\int_0^1 \frac{\ln x }{x-1}d x=\sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^2}.$$ I tried to use Fourier series, or to use a power series and integrate it twice but it didn't ...
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Does $ \int_0^{\infty}\frac{\sin x}{x}dx $ have an improper Riemann integral or a Lebesgue integral?

In this wikipedia article for improper integral, $$ \int_0^{\infty}\frac{\sin x}{x}dx $$ is given as an example for the integrals that have an improper Riemann integral but do not have a (proper) ...
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$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln x}{x^2+a^2}\mathrm{d}x$ Evaluate Integral

Anyone remember the method for this? I think this should been done on the site $$\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln x}{x^2+a^2}\mathrm{d}x$$
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Prove $\int_0^{\infty}\! \frac{\mathbb{d}x}{1+x^n}=\frac{\pi}{n \sin\frac{\pi}{n}}$ using real analysis techniques only

I have found a proof using complex analysis techniques (contour integral, residue theorem, etc.) that shows $$\int_0^{\infty}\! \frac{\mathbb{d}x}{1+x^n}=\frac{\pi}{n \sin\frac{\pi}{n}}$$ for $n\in ...
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Prove: $\int_{0}^{\infty} \sin (x^2) dx$ converges.

$\sin(x^2)$ is an example for a function which its limit when $x \to \infty$ is not $0$, and still its integral from $0$ to $\infty$ is finite. I'd like your help with understanding why and a ...
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Principal value of the singular integral $\int_0^\pi \frac{\cos nt}{\cos t - \cos A} dt$

For a constant $0<A<\pi$, and natural $n$ I want to find the principal value of the integral: $$\int_0^\pi \frac{\cos nt}{\cos t - \cos A} dt$$ First of all, I'm not certain what function in ...
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What is $\int_0^1\frac{x^7-1}{\log(x)}\mathrm dx$?

/A problem from the 2012 MIT Integration Bee is $$ \int_0^1\frac{x^7-1}{\log(x)}\mathrm dx $$ The answer is $\log(8)$. Worlfram alpha gives an indefinite form in terms of the logarithmic integral ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \frac{dx}{1+x^4}$. [duplicate]

Can anyone give me a hint to evaluate this integral? $$\int_0^\infty \frac{dx}{1+x^4}$$ I know it will involve the gamma function, but how?
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$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x - e^{-x^2}}{x} \ dx$ Evaluate Integral

Evaluate $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x - e^{-x^2}}{x} \ dx$$
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Definite integral, quotient of logarithm and polynomial

I was thinking this integral : $$I(\lambda)=\int_0^{\infty}\frac{\ln ^2x}{x^2+\lambda x+\lambda ^2}\text{d}x$$ What I do is use a Reciprocal subsitution, easy to show that: ...
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Laplace transform:$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin^4 x}{x^3} \, dx $

I have a trouble with a integral: Using this Laplace trasform equation: $$\begin{align} \int_0^\infty F(u)g(u) \, du & = \int_0^\infty f(u)G(u) \, du \\[6pt] L[f(t)] & = F(s) \\[6pt] ...
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How to find ${\large\int}_0^1\frac{\ln^3(1+x)\ln x}x\mathrm dx$

Please help me to find a closed form for this integral: $$I=\int_0^1\frac{\ln^3(1+x)\ln x}x\mathrm dx\tag1$$ I suspect it might exist because there are similar integrals having closed forms: ...
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Evaluating $\int\limits_0^\infty \! \frac{x^{1/n}}{1+x^2} \ \mathrm{d}x$

I've been trying to evaluate the following integral from the 2011 Harvard PhD Qualifying Exam. For all $n\in\mathbb{N}^+$ in general: $$\int\limits_0^\infty \! \frac{x^{1/n}}{1+x^2} \ \mathrm{d}x$$ ...
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Evaluate $\int^1_0 \log^2(1-x) \log^2(x) \, dx$

I have no idea where to even start. WolframAlpha cant compute it either. $$\int^1_0 \log^2(1-x) \log^2(x) \, dx$$ I think it can be done with series, but I am not sure, can someone help a little so ...
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Looking for closed-forms of $\int_0^{\pi/4}\ln^2(\sin x)\,dx$ and $\int_0^{\pi/4}\ln^2(\cos x)\,dx$

A few days ago, I posted the following problems Prove that \begin{equation} \int_0^{\pi/2}\ln^2(\cos x)\,dx=\frac{\pi}{2}\ln^2 2+\frac{\pi^3}{24}\\[20pt] -\int_0^{\pi/2}\ln^3(\cos ...
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How to evaluate these integrals by hand

How can I evaluate$$\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{\cos x}{\cosh x}\,\mathrm dx\text{ and }\int_0^\infty\frac{\sin x}{e^x-1}\,\mathrm dx.$$ Thanks in advance.
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Evaluate $\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln x}{1+x^2}dx$

Evaluate $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\ln x}{1+x^2}\ dx$$ I don't know where to start with this so either the full evaluation or any hints or pushes in the right direction would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Calculate the Fourier transform of ${\rm b}\left(x\right) = 1/\left(x^{2} +a^{2}\right)$

I need help to calculate the Fourier transform of this funcion $${\rm b}\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{x^{2} + a^{2}}\,,\qquad a > 0$$ Thanks.
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How to find the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty}\exp(- (ax+b/a))\,dx$?

How do I find $$\large\int_{0}^{\infty}e^{-\left(ax+\frac{b}{x}\right)}dx$$ where $a$ and $b$ are positive numbers? This is not a homework question. I will be quite happy if somebody can come up ...
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Why do we restrict the definition of Lebesgue Integrability?

The function $f(x) = \sin(x)/x$ is Riemann Integrable from $0$ to $\infty$, but it is not Lebesgue Integrable on that same interval. (Note, it is not absolutely Riemann Integrable.) Why is it we ...
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Integral of Combination Log and Inverse Trig Function

Does the following integral have a closed-form ?: \begin{equation} \int_{0}^{1}{\ln\left(\,x\,\right) \over 1 + x}\,\arccos\left(\,x\,\right) \,{\rm d}x \end{equation} This integral has been ...
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Calculating the Fourier transform of $\frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}$

I'm trying to compute $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}e^{-i\omega x} \ dx$$ i.e. the Fourier transform of $x\mapsto \frac{\sinh(kx)}{\sinh(x)}$, where $0<k<1$ is fixed. But ...
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Calculating: $\lim_{n\to \infty}\int_0^\sqrt{n} {(1-\frac{x^2}{n})^n}dx$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prove: $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty} \int_{0}^{\sqrt n}(1-\frac{x^2}{n})^ndx=\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{-x^2}dx$ I need some help calculating the above limit. What i have ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{1-x^2+\left(1+x^2\right)\ln x}{\left(x+x^2\right)\ln^3x}dx$

I'm struggling with this integral $$I=\int_0^1\frac{1-x^2+\left(1+x^2\right)\ln x}{\left(x+x^2\right)\ln^3x}dx.\tag1$$ Mathematica could not evaluate it in a closed form. Its numeric value is ...
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$\int_0^\infty(\log x)^2(\mathrm{sech}\,x)^2\mathrm dx$

Is there any closed-form representation for the following integral? $$\int_0^\infty(\log x)^2(\mathrm{sech}\,x)^2\mathrm dx,$$ where $\mathrm{sech}\,x$ is the hyperbolic secant, ...
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How to prove $\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} f(x)dx = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} f\left(x - \frac{1}{x}\right)dx?$

If $f(x)$ is a continuous function on $(-\infty, +\infty)$ and $\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} f(x)dx$ exists. How can I prove that $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} f(x)dx = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} f\left( x - ...
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Evaluating $\int_{0}^{1}\frac{1-x}{1+x}\frac{\mathrm dx}{\ln x}$

Some time ago I came across to the following integral: $$I=\int_{0}^{1}\frac{1-x}{1+x}\frac{\mathrm dx}{\ln x}$$ What are the hints on how to compute this integral?
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Integral: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x^2 e^{-x^2}\mathrm dx$

I don't know how to evaluate it. I know there is one method using the gamma function. BUT I want to know the solution using a calculus method like polar coordinates. $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty x^2 ...
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How to evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{1}{x^n+1} dx$

Noticed that the integral $$\int_0^\infty \frac{1}{x^n+1} dx$$ is often approached with partial fraction decomposition, but this gets increasingly ugly as $n$ gets bigger. Is there a neat trick to do ...
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Improper integration involving complex analytic arguments

I am trying to evaluate the following: $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{1+x^a}dx$, where $a>1$ and $a \in \mathbb{R}$ Any help will be much appreciated.
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$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log x dx}{x^2-1}$ with a hint.

I have to calculate $$\int_0^\infty\frac{\log x dx}{x^2-1},$$ and the hint is to integrate $\frac{\log z}{z^2-1}$ over the boundary of the domain $$\{z\,:\,r<|z|<R,\,\Re (z)>0,\,\Im ...
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Proving Abel-Dirichlet's test for convergence of improper integrals using Integration by parts

I'm struggling with the following calculus question. Let there be two functions $f,g : [a, \infty) \to \mathbb R$ such that: $g$ is monotonic, differentiable and has a limit at zero $f$ is ...
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Generalized Riemann Integral: Improper Version

Reference For a bounded nonexample of integrability see: Riemann Integral: Bounded Nonexample For a convergence theorem on integral see: Riemann Integral: Uniform Convergence For a comparison of ...
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Prove $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\pi/2} \ln \left(x^{2} + (\ln\cos x)^2 \right) \, dx=\pi\ln\ln2 $

How to prove $$ \int_{0}^{\pi/2}\ln\left(\,x^{2} + \ln^{2}\left(\,\cos\left(\,x\,\right)\,\right) \,\right)\,{\rm d}x\ =\ \pi\ln\left(\,\ln\left(\, 2\,\right)\,\right) $$ I don't know how to ...
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Closed form for the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{\ln^{2}(x)\ln(1+x)}{(1-x)(x^{2}+1)}dx$

Here is a challenging one maybe some would like a go at. Show that: ...
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A proof of $\int_{0}^{1}\left( \frac{\ln t}{1-t}\right)^2\,\mathrm{d}t=\frac{\pi^2}{3}$

What is the proof of the following: $$\int_{0}^{1} \left(\frac{\ln t}{1-t}\right)^2 \,\mathrm{d}t=\frac{\pi^2}{3} \>?$$
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Evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log(1+x^3)}{(1+x^2)^2}dx$ and $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log(1+x^4)}{(1+x^2)^2}dx$

Background: Evaluation of $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log(1+x^2)}{(1+x^2)^2}dx$ We can prove using the Beta-Function identity that $$\int_0^\infty \frac{1}{(1+x^2)^\lambda}dx=\sqrt{\pi}\frac{\Gamma ...
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Evaluate the integral $\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(1+x^2)\cosh{(ax)}}dx$

The problem is : Evaluate the integral $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{1}{(1+x^2)\cosh{(ax)}}dx$$ I have tried expand $\frac{1}{\cosh{ax}}$ and give the result in the following way: First, note ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \frac{\log (1+x)}{1+x^2}dx$

Can this integral be solved with contour integral or by some application of residue theorem? $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\log (1+x)}{1+x^2}dx = \frac{\pi}{4}\log 2 + \text{Catalan constant}$$ It has two ...
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$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x} \sin(x)}{x} dx$ Evaluate Integral

Compute the following integral: $$\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{e^{-x} \sin(x)}{x} dx$$ Any hint, suggestion is welcome. Thanks.
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A closed form of $\int_0^1\frac{\ln\ln\left({1}/{x}\right)}{x^2-x+1}\mathrm dx$

This integral has been bugging me since yesterday: $$\int_0^1\frac{\ln\ln\left({1}/{x}\right)}{x^2-x+1}\mathrm dx$$ I've tried substitution $y={1}/{x}$ and $e^y={1}/{x}$, but those didn't help ...
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How to compute $\int_{-\infty}^\infty\exp\left(-\frac{(x^2-13x-1)^2}{611x^2}\right)\ dx$

$$\int_{-\infty}^\infty\exp\left(-\frac{(x^2-13x-1)^2}{611x^2}\right)\ dx$$ WolframAlpha gives a numerical answer of $43.8122$, which appears to be $\sqrt{611\pi}$. And playing with that, it seems ...
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A logarithmic integral $\int^1_0 \frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right)}{x\sqrt{1-x^2}}\,dx$

How to prove the following $$\int^1_0 \frac{\log\left(\frac{1+x}{1-x}\right)}{x\sqrt{1-x^2}}\,dx=\frac{\pi^2}{2}$$ I thought of separating the two integrals and use the beta or hypergeometric ...
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Elegant proof of $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{dx}{x^4 + a x^2 + b ^2} =\frac {\pi} {b \sqrt{2b+a}}$?

Let $a, b > 0$ satisfy $a^2-4b^2 \geq 0$. Then: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{dx}{x^4 + a x^2 + b ^2} =\frac {\pi} {b \sqrt{2b+a}}$$ One way to calculate this is by computing the residues at the ...