The integral is $$\int \dfrac{(1 + x)\sin x}{(x^2 + 2x)\cos^2 x-(1 + x)\sin2x}dx.$$I've tried the problem by first multiplying both the numerator and denominator by $\sec^2 x$ but couldn't do justice. Can anyone help, please?

  • $\begingroup$ Do not use \dfrac or \displaystyle or any other sort of displaystyles in the title in the future. $\endgroup$
    – Zain Patel
    Jul 22, 2015 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Zain Patel: Ok, sir. $\endgroup$
    – user142971
    Jul 22, 2015 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Hm, just for note: derivative of $x^2+2x$ is $2(1+x)$ and derivative for $\cos^2 x$ is $-\sin 2x$. $\endgroup$
    – Cortizol
    Jul 22, 2015 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ Where did you get the problem from? Why do you think it's reasonable to expect a closed form? These questions are highly relevant to answering questions like these. $\endgroup$
    – Zach466920
    Jul 22, 2015 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ i don't think that this integral has a solution in the known elementary functions $\endgroup$ Jul 22, 2015 at 21:20

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Let $$\displaystyle I = \int\frac{(1+x)\sin x}{(x^2+2x)\cos^2 x-(1+x)\sin 2x}dx$$

$$\displaystyle I = \int\frac{(1+x)\sin x}{(x^2+2x+1)\cos^2 x-(1+x)\sin 2x-\cos^2 x}dx$$

$$\displaystyle I = \int\frac{(1+x)\sin x}{\left[(x+1)\cos x\right]^2-2(x+2)\sin x\cdot \cos x-(1-\sin^2 x)}dx$$

So $$\displaystyle I = \int\frac{(1+x)\sin x}{\left[(x+1)\cos x\right]^2-2(x+1)\sin x\cdot \cos x+\sin^2 x-1}dx$$

$$\displaystyle I = \int\frac{(1+x)\sin x}{\left[(x+1)\cos x-\sin x\right]^2-1^2}dx$$

Now Let $(x+1)\cos x-\sin x = t\;,$ Then $(x+1)\sin xdx = -dt$

So Integral $$\displaystyle I = -\int\frac{1}{t^2-1}dt = -\frac{1}{2}\int\left[\frac{1}{t-1}-\frac{1}{t+1}\right]dt$$

So we get $$\displaystyle I = \frac{1}{2}\left[\ln|t+1|-\ln|t-1|\right]+\mathcal{C} = \frac{1}{2}\ln\left|\frac{t+1}{t-1}\right|+\mathcal{C}$$

So we get $$\displaystyle I = \frac{1}{2}\ln \left|\frac{(x+1)\cos x-\sin x+1}{(x+1)\cos x-\sin x-1}\right|+\mathcal{C}$$

  • $\begingroup$ How did you grab it? What should be my approach to such problems? $\endgroup$
    – user142971
    Aug 22, 2015 at 18:35

It might help to factorize the denominator and do partial fraction this way


The answer without process can be found using http://www.wolframalpha.com, which involves lots of natural log function, which is why I think partial fraction is the way to do.


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