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Demystify integration of $\int \frac{1}{x} \mathrm dx$

I've learned in my analysis class, that $$ \int \frac{1}{x} \mathrm dx = \ln(x). $$ I can live with that, and it's what I use when solving equations like that. But how can I solve this, without ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^1 \log \log \left(\frac{1}{x}\right) \frac{dx}{1+x^2}$

Show that $\displaystyle{\int_0^1 \log \log \left(\frac{1}{x}\right) \frac{dx}{1+x^2} = \frac{\pi}{2}\log \left(\sqrt{2\pi} \Gamma\left(\frac{3}{4}\right) / \Gamma\left(\frac{1}{4}\right)\right)}$ ...
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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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How do I evaluate this integral $\int_0^\pi{\frac{{{x^2}}}{{\sqrt 5-2\cos x}}}\operatorname d\!x$?

Show that $$\int\limits_0^\pi{\frac{{{x^2}}}{{\sqrt 5-2\cos x}}}\operatorname d\!x =\frac{{{\pi^3}}}{{15}}+2\pi \ln^2 \left({\frac{{1+\sqrt 5 }}{2}}\right).$$ I don't have any idea how to start, ...
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Rain droplets falling on a table

Suppose you have a circular table of radius $R$. This table has been left outside, and it begins to rain at a constant rate of one droplet per second. The drops, which can be considered points as they ...
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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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Why do we need to learn integration techniques?

After a lifetime of approaching math the wrong way, I took two college math courses this quarter with a newfound zest for math. These classes are integral calc and multivariable calc. Integral calc ...
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Show $\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\frac{x^{2}}{x^{2}+\ln^{2}(2\cos(x))}dx=\frac{\pi}{8}\left(1-\gamma+\ln(2\pi)\right)$

Here is an interesting, albeit tough, integral I ran across. It has an interesting solution which leads me to think it is doable. But, what would be a good strategy?. ...
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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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Evaluating $\int_0^1 \frac{\log x \log \left(1-x^4 \right)}{1+x^2}dx$

I am trying to prove that $$\int_0^1 \frac{\log x \log \left(1-x^4 \right)}{1+x^2}dx = \frac{\pi^3}{16}-3G\log 2 \tag{1}$$ where $G$ is Catalan's Constant. I was able to express it in terms of ...
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Integral $\int_0^\infty \log(1+x^2)\frac{\cosh{\frac{\pi x}{2}}}{\sinh^2{\frac{\pi x}{2}}}\mathrm dx=2-\frac{4}{\pi}$

Hi I am trying to show$$ I:=\int_0^\infty \log(1+x^2)\frac{\cosh{\frac{\pi x}{2}}}{\sinh^2{\frac{\pi x}{2}}}\mathrm dx=2-\frac{4}{\pi}. $$ Thank you. What a desirable thing to want to prove! It is a ...
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Integral $\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta$.

I am trying to calculate $$ I=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta=\frac{11\pi^4}{180}=\frac{11\zeta(4)}{2}. $$ Note, we can expand the log in the integral to ...
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Calculating the integral $\int_0^{\infty}{\frac{\ln x}{1+x^n}}$ using complex analysis

I need to calculate $\int_0^{\infty}{\frac{\ln x}{1+x^n}}$ $,n\geq2$ using complex analysis. I probably need to use the Residue Theorem. I use the function $f(z)={\frac{\ln z}{1+z^n}}$ in the normal ...
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Prove that $\int_0^\pi\frac{\cos x \cos 4x}{(2-\cos x)^2}dx=\frac{\pi}{9} (2160 - 1247\sqrt{3})$

Prove that $$\int_0^\pi\frac{\cos x \cos 4x}{(2-\cos x)^2}dx=\frac{\pi}{9} (2160 - 1247\sqrt{3})$$ I tried to use Weierstrass substitution but the term $\cos 4x$ made horrible algebraic-forms since ...
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A Binet-like integral $\int_{0}^{1} \left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x} -\frac{1}{2} \right) \frac{x^s }{1-x}\mathrm{d}x$

I met this integral $$ \int_{0}^{1} \left(\frac{1}{\ln x} + \frac{1}{1-x} -\frac{1}{2} \right) \frac{ \mathrm{d}x}{1-x} \qquad (*) $$ while evaluating this log-cosine integral. I made several ...
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How much does symbolic integration mean to mathematics?

(Before reading, I apologize for my poor English ability.) I have enjoyed calculating some symbolic integrals as a hobby, and this has been one of the main source of my interest towards the vast ...
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A simple way to evaluate $\int_{-a}^a \frac{x^2}{x^4+1} \, \mathrm dx$?

I am currently trying to show that $\int_{-\infty}^\infty \cos(x^2) \, \mathrm dx = \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{2}}$ and the last integral I have to evaluate is $$\int_{-a}^a \frac{x^2}{x^4+1} \, \mathrm dx.$$ ...
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integral of $\int \limits_{0}^{\infty}\frac {\sin (x^n)} {x^n}dx$

what is the answer of $$\int \limits_{0}^{\infty}\frac {\sin (x^n)} {x^n}dx$$ I saw the answer of $$\int \limits_{0}^{\infty}\left(\frac {\sin x} {x}\right)^ndx$$ but for my question i didn't see ...
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Evaluating $\int_{-1}^{1}\frac{\arctan{x}}{1+x}\ln{\left(\frac{1+x^2}{2}\right)}dx$

This is a nice problem. I am trying to use nice methods to solve this integral, But I failed. $$\int_{-1}^{1}\dfrac{\arctan{x}}{1+x}\ln{\left(\dfrac{1+x^2}{2}\right)}dx, $$ where ...
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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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Computing $ \int_a^b \frac{x^p}{\sqrt{(x-a)(b-x)}} \mathrm dx$

I would like to compute the integral: $$ \int_a^b \frac{x^p}{\sqrt{(x-a)(b-x)}} \mathrm dx$$ where $$ a<b$$ and $$ p\in\mathbb{N}$$ $$ \int_a^b \frac{x^p}{\sqrt{(x-a)(b-x)}} \mathrm ...
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How to find $\int_{0}^{1}\dfrac{\ln^2{x}\ln^2{(1-x)}}{2-x}dx$

How to find $$ I=\int_{0}^{1}{\ln^{2}\left(x\right)\ln^{2}\left(1 - x\right) \over 2 - x} \,{\rm d}x $$ My idea: Let $x=1-t$, then $$ I =\int_{0}^{1}{\ln^{2}\left(1 - ...
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How to calculate the integral in normal distribution?

The factory is making products with this normal distribution: $\mathcal{N}(0, 25)$. What should be the maximum error accepted with the probability of 0.90? [Result is 8.225 millimetre] How will I ...
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Differentiation wrt parameter $\int_0^\infty \sin^2(x)\cdot(x^2(x^2+1))^{-1}dx$

Use differentiation with respect to parameter obtaining a differential equation to solve $$ \int_0^\infty \frac{\sin^2(x)}{x^2(x^2+1)}dx $$ No complex variables, only this approach. Interesting ...
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Computing $\lim\limits_{n\to+\infty}n\int_{0}^{\pi/2}xf(x)\cos ^n xdx$

I got stuck at the following problem. Let $f\in C([0,\pi/2])$, then compute $$ \lim_{n\to+\infty}n\int\limits_{0}^{\pi/2}xf(x)\cos ^n xdx $$ Could you suggest a helpful idea?
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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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Evaluating $\int^1_0 \frac{\operatorname{Li}_3(x)}{1-x} \log(x)\, \mathrm dx$

How would you solve the following $$\int^1_0 \frac{\operatorname{Li}_3(x)}{1-x} \log(x)\, \mathrm dx$$ I might be able to relate the integral to Euler sums .
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Why does $1/x$ diverge?

So for the formula $\dfrac {1}{x}$, If you were to add up all $y$ values from $x=1$ to $x=∞$, wouldn't the sum approach a number because even though you are always adding, aren't you just adding ...
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Convergence $I=\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin x}{x^s}dx$

Hi I am trying to find out for what values of the real parameter does the integral $$ I=\int_0^\infty \frac{\sin x}{x^s}dx $$ (a) convergent and (b) absolutely convergent. I know that the integral ...
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Evaluating a sum involving binomial coefficient in denominator

I came across the following sum: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{(-1)^k}{(2k+1)^2}\frac{4^k}{{2k \choose k}}$$ I thought that this can be evaluated using the expansion of ...
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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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Evaluate Complex Integral with $\frac{\Gamma(\frac{s}{2})} {\Gamma\big({\beta +1\over 2} - {s\over 2}\big)}$

I am proving this integral: $$ \int_{c\ -\ j\infty}^{c\ +\ j\infty} \left(\,x^{-1}\sigma\beta^{1 \over 2}\,\right)^{s}\ \Gamma\left(\,s \over 2\,\right) \Gamma\left(\,{\beta +1 \over 2} - {s \over ...
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Integral $ \int_{-\pi/2}^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{2007^x+1}\cdot \frac{\sin^{2008}x}{\sin^{2008}x+\cos^{2008}x}dx $

I am trying to solve this integral $$ \int_{-\pi/2}^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{2007^x+1}\cdot \frac{\sin^{2008}x}{\sin^{2008}x+\cos^{2008}x}dx $$ A closed form does exist despite the looks of the integrand. ...
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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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Integral $ \dfrac { \int_0^{\pi/2} (\sin x)^{\sqrt 2 + 1} dx} { \int_0^{\pi/2} (\sin x)^{\sqrt 2 - 1} dx} $

I have this difficult integral to solve. $$ \dfrac { \int_0^{\pi/2} (\sin x)^{\sqrt 2 + 1} dx} { \int_0^{\pi/2} (\sin x)^{\sqrt 2 - 1} dx} $$ Now my approach is this: split $(\sin x)^{\sqrt 2 + 1}$ ...
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Fourier series of function $f(x)=0$ if $-\pi<x<0$ and $f(x)=\sin(x)$ if $0<x<\pi$

$$f(x) = \begin{cases}0 & \text{if }-\pi<x<0, \\ \sin(x) & \text{if }0<x<\pi. \end{cases}$$ My attempt: I went the route of expanding this function with a complex Fourier series. ...
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What contour should be used to evaluate $\int_0^\infty \frac{\sqrt{t}}{1+t^2} dt$

Could anyone help me decide what contour to use to evaluate this integral? $$\int_0^\infty \frac{\sqrt{t}}{1+t^2} dt$$ So we have simple poles at $i$,$-i$. Why does using a quarter of a circle in ...
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Evaluate: $I=\int\limits_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\ln\frac{(1+\sin x)^{1+\cos x}}{1+\cos x}dx$

Evaluate: $$I=\int\limits_{0}^{\frac\pi2}\ln\frac{(1+\sin x)^{1+\cos x}}{1+\cos x}dx$$
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Computing $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{x^{2} + a^{2}}dx$ using residue calculus

I need to find $\displaystyle\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\cos x}{x^{2} + a^{2}}\ dx$ where $a > 0$. To do this, I set $f(z) = \displaystyle\frac{\cos z}{z^{2} + a^{2}}$ and integrate along the ...
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Computing $\lim_{n \rightarrow\infty} \int_{a}^{b}\left ( f(x)\left | \sin(nx) \right | \right )$ with $f$ continuous on $[a,b]$

Let $a,b \in \mathbb{R}$ and $\textit{f} :[a,b] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ continuous on $[a,b]$. Does the sequence $\left (\int_{a}^{b} f(x)\left |\sin(nx) \right |dx \right )$ converge? If it does, ...
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How does trigonometric substitution work?

I have read my book, watched the MIT lecture and read Paul's Online Notes (which was pretty much worthless, no explanations just examples) and I have no idea what is going on with this at all. I ...
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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 ...
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Definite Dilogarithm integral $\int^1_0 \frac{\operatorname{Li}_2^2(x)}{x}\, dx $

Prove the following $$\int^1_0 \frac{\operatorname{Li}_2^2(x)}{x}\, dx = -3\zeta(5)+\pi^2 \frac{\zeta(3)}{3}$$ where $$\operatorname{Li}^2_2(x) =\left(\int^x_0 \frac{\log(1-t)}{t}\,dt \right)^2$$ ...
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When can the order of limit and integral be exchanged?

I was wondering for a real-valued function with two real variables, if there are some theorems/conclusions that can be used to decide the exchangeability of the order of taking limit wrt one ...
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Prove $f(x)=\int\frac{e^x}{x}\mathrm dx$ is not an elementary function

How do I prove that the exponential integral $$f(x)=\int \frac{e^x}{x}\mathrm dx$$ is not an elementary function? Also, what are the general methods and tricks to prove that an integral or solution ...
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Integral representation of Euler's constant

Prove that : $$ \gamma=-\int_0^{1}\ln \ln \left ( \frac{1}{x} \right) \ \mathrm{d}x.$$ where $\gamma$ is Euler's constant ($\gamma \approx 0.57721$). This integral was mentioned in Wikipedia as in ...
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Compute $\int_0^\infty \frac{dx}{1+x^3}$

Problem Compute $$\displaystyle \int_0^\infty \frac{dx}{1+x^3}.$$ Solution I do partial fractions $$\frac{1}{x^3+1}= \frac{2-x}{3 \left( x^{2}-x+1 \right)}+\frac{1}{3 \left( x+1 \right)}.$$ But we ...