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How to evaluate $$\displaystyle \int_{0}^{1}x\sqrt{1+x^{3}}\mathrm{d}x$$ I tried $$\int_{0}^{1}x\sqrt{1+x^{3}}\mathrm{d}x=\frac{1}{3}\int_{0}^{1}x^{-\frac{1}{3}}\left ( 1+x \right )^{\frac{1}{2}}\mathrm{d}x$$ But I can't figure out how to go on.

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    $\begingroup$ Why can't you do that using integration by parts? $\endgroup$ – Matt Jan 8 '17 at 5:06
  • $\begingroup$ See here. $\endgroup$ – Rohan Jan 8 '17 at 5:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Rohan: Yep. Didn't smell quite right. $\endgroup$ – The_Sympathizer Jan 8 '17 at 5:13
  • $\begingroup$ Although as Mathka and Renascense point out the definite integral can be expressed as a hypergeometric function (at $z = -1$), it is also true that the indefinite integral can be expressed in terms of Jacobi elliptic functions. $\endgroup$ – Mark Fischler Jan 8 '17 at 5:26
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Let's see the more general form below $$\int_{0}^{u}y^{b -1}\left ( u-y \right )^{c-b-1}\left ( y+\frac{u}{x} \right )^{-a}\,\mathrm{d}t$$ consider the hypergeometric functions $_{2}F_{1}$ $$_{2}F_{1}\left ( a,b;c;x \right )=\frac{1}{\mathrm{B}\left ( b,c-b \right )}\int_{0}^{1}t^{b-1}\left ( 1-t \right )^{c-b-1}\left ( 1-tx \right )^{-a}\,\mathrm{d}t$$ where $$\mathrm{B}\left ( a,b \right )=\int_{0}^{1}t^{a-1}\left ( 1-t \right )^{b-1}\,\mathrm{d}t$$ then we get $$\int_{0}^{1}t^{b}\left ( 1-t \right )^{c}\left ( 1-tx \right )^{a}\,\mathrm{d}t=\mathrm{B}\left ( b+1,c+1 \right )\, _{2}F_{1}\left (-a,b+1;b+c+2;x \right )$$ do the substitution $y=tu~,~x\rightarrow -x$ , \begin{align*} \int_{0}^{1}t^{b}\left ( 1-t \right )^{c}\left ( 1-tx \right )^{a}\,\mathrm{d}t&=\int_{0}^{1}\left ( \frac{y}{u} \right )^{b}\left ( 1-\frac{y}{u} \right )^{c}\left ( 1+\frac{yx}{u} \right )^{a}\frac{1}{u}\,\mathrm{d}y\\ &=\left ( \frac{u}{x} \right )^{-a}u^{-b-c-1}\int_{0}^{u}y^{b}\left ( u-y \right )^{c}\left ( y+\frac{u}{x} \right )^{a}\,\mathrm{d}y \end{align*} then let $b+1\rightarrow b~,~c+1\rightarrow c-b~,~a\rightarrow -a$ we have $$\int_{0}^{u}y^{b -1}\left ( u-y \right )^{c-b-1}\left ( y+\frac{u}{x} \right )^{-a}\,\mathrm{d}t=\left ( \frac{u}{x} \right )^{a}u^{c-1}\mathrm{B}\left ( b,c-b \right )\, _{2}F_{1}\left ( a,b;c;-x \right )$$ so,make $u=1~,~x=1~,~b=\dfrac{2}{3}~,~c=\dfrac{5}{3}~,~a=-\dfrac{1}{2}$ and the answer will follow.

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  • $\begingroup$ mathoverflow.net/questions/42512/… $\endgroup$ – Matt Jan 8 '17 at 5:19
  • $\begingroup$ oh god,hypergeometric function,i didn't learn it before,thx anyway $\endgroup$ – user220660 Jan 8 '17 at 5:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Matt S: how would you make it easier? $\endgroup$ – The_Sympathizer Jan 8 '17 at 5:51

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