Evaluate $$\int \frac{1-x}{(1+x)\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}dx$$ i used substitution $x=\tan^2 y$ so $dx=2\tan y \sec^2 y dy$ so the integral becomes

$$I=\int\frac{2\cos 2y\: \tan y\: \sec^2 y \:dy}{\sqrt{\tan^2 y+\tan^4 y+\tan^6 y}}=\int\frac{2\cos 2y \:\sec^2 y\: dy}{\sqrt{1+\tan^2 y+\tan^4 y}}$$ I was stuck here

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    $\begingroup$ Is there any reason for believing you can express it with elementary functions? WolframAlpha doesn't think so. $\endgroup$ – egreg Apr 25 '16 at 10:28
  • $\begingroup$ I am almost sure that the monster includes at least elliptic integrals. $\endgroup$ – Claude Leibovici Apr 25 '16 at 10:46
  • $\begingroup$ if question had limits it could be solved but this is mind breaking $\endgroup$ – user5954246 Apr 25 '16 at 12:48

Let $$I = \int\frac{1-x}{(1+x)\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}dx =\int\frac{(1-x^2)}{(x^2+2x+1)\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}dx$$

Now again Reaaranging we get $$I = -\int\frac{\left(1-\frac{1}{x^2}\right)}{\left(x+\frac{1}{x}+2\right)\sqrt{x+\frac{1}{x}+1}}dt$$

Now put $\displaystyle x+\frac{1}{x}+1=u^2\;,$ Then $\displaystyle \left(1-\frac{1}{x^2}\right)dt = 2udu$

So we get $$I = -2\int\frac{1}{u^2+1}du = -2\tan^{-1}(u)+\mathcal{C} = -2\tan^{-1}\left(\sqrt{x+\frac{1}{x}+1}\right)+\mathcal{C}.$$

  • $\begingroup$ Nice, more systematic than my trial-and-error solution. $\endgroup$ – mickep Apr 26 '16 at 7:43
  • $\begingroup$ thanks thats a very good answer $\endgroup$ – Umesh shankar Apr 26 '16 at 10:31

This is the kind of solution that comes after the seventh cup of tea:

One can note that $$ (1+x)^4=(1+x^2)^2+4(x+x^2+x^3), $$ and so your integral equals $$ \int\frac{(1-x)(1+x)^3}{\bigl((1+x^2)^2+4(x+x^2+x^3)\bigr)\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}\,dx $$ or $$ \int \frac{1}{1+\Bigl(\frac{2\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}{1+x^2}\Bigr)^2} \frac{(1-x)(1+x)^3}{(1+x^2)^2\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}} \,dx. $$ Since $$ D\frac{2\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}}{1+x^2}=\frac{(1-x)(1+x)^3}{(1+x^2)^2\sqrt{x+x^2+x^3}} $$ we finally find that


  • $\begingroup$ Nice Solution mickep..... $\endgroup$ – juantheron Apr 26 '16 at 7:43

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