I would like to know if there exists a closed form for this integral


I tried the relation


but it seems useless.

  • $\begingroup$ You asked to compute the Fourier cosine series of $x\cot x\cos x$ in your other question (math.stackexchange.com/questions/1168081/…), so it is just a matter of exploiting the orthogonality formulas. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2015 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ However, direct computation through differentiation under the integral sign is way easier. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2015 at 18:27

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There exist a closed-form for the integral. It is

$$\frac{\pi^3}{32}+\frac{\pi}{8}\ln^2 2 - 2G-4\,\Im\left[\operatorname{Li}_3\left(\frac{1+i}2\right)\right]+2,$$

where $G$ is Catalan's contant, and $\operatorname{Li}_3$ is the trilogarithm function.

Using Cleo's result you can express it in term of a hypergeometric function, but finding a closed-form of $\Im\left[\operatorname{Li}_3\left(\frac{1+i}2\right)\right]$ is a well-known open problem on math.se.


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