$$\int^{\frac{\pi}{4}}_{0}\frac{1}{(\sqrt{\sin x})}dx$$

I tried everything substitution,beta gamma function everything but I am unable to convert this into a standard form so How do I solve this problem.

  • $\begingroup$ wolframalpha.com/input/… $\endgroup$ – mrnovice Mar 25 '17 at 4:00
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    $\begingroup$ I am not sure what happened here but it seems someone edited the question wrongly and changed the integration limits. $\endgroup$ – Zaid Alyafeai Mar 25 '17 at 5:45

$$\int^{\pi}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt{\sin x}} \mathrm dx = \int^{\frac{\pi}{2}}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt{\sin x}} \mathrm dx + \int^{\frac{\pi}{2}}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt{\cos x}} \mathrm dx = 2 \int^{\frac{\pi}{2}}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt{\sin x}} \mathrm dx$$

Then use the formula

$$B(x,y) = 2\int^{\pi/2}_0 (\sin t)^{2x-1} (\cos t)^{2y-1} dt$$

For $2y-1 = 0$ and $2x-1 = -\frac{1}{2}$ we have $x = \frac{1}{4}$ and $y = \frac{1}{2}$

$$2 \int^{\frac{\pi}{2}}_{0}\frac{1}{\sqrt{\sin x}} \mathrm dx = \frac{\Gamma(1/2)\Gamma(1/4)}{\Gamma(3/4)} = \frac{\Gamma \left( \frac{1}{4}\right)^2}{\sqrt{2\pi}}$$


It seems the question was edited

Define the incomplete elliptic integral of the first kind as

$$F(\phi,k) = \int^{\phi}_0 \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{1-k^2\sin^2 x}}$$

Suppose that $0 < \phi \leq \frac{\pi}{4}$ and $k=\sqrt{2}$

$$F(\phi,\sqrt{2}) = \int^{\phi}_0 \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\cos(2x)}} = \frac{1}{2}\int^{\pi/2}_{\pi/2-2\phi} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}} $$

$$F(\phi,\sqrt{2})= \frac{1}{2}\int^{\pi/2}_{0} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}}-\frac{1}{2}\int^{\pi/2-2\phi}_{0} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}}$$

Hence we have

$$\int^{\pi/2-2\phi}_{0} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}} =\frac{\Gamma \left( \frac{1}{4}\right)^2}{2\sqrt{2\pi}}-2 F(\phi,\sqrt{2})$$

For the case $\phi = \pi/8$

$$\int^{\pi/4}_{0} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}} =\frac{\Gamma \left( \frac{1}{4}\right)^2}{2\sqrt{2\pi}}-2 F(\pi/8,\sqrt{2})$$

Or using the other representation

$$\int^{\pi/4}_{0} \frac{\mathrm dx}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}} =\frac{\Gamma \left( \frac{1}{4}\right)^2}{2\sqrt{2\pi}}-2 F\left(\frac{\pi}{8} \left. \right|2 \right)$$

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    $\begingroup$ And what is $\Gamma(1/4)$? $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola Mar 25 '17 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Dr.MV, some transcendental number. $\endgroup$ – Zaid Alyafeai Mar 25 '17 at 4:21
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, what is gained over writing $\int_0^\pi \frac{1}{\sqrt{\sin(x)}}\,dx$ $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola Mar 25 '17 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Dr.MV, this shows that the integral can't be simplified to a simpler representation at least in terms of elementary functions. $\endgroup$ – Zaid Alyafeai Mar 25 '17 at 4:32
  • $\begingroup$ Well, $\Gamma$ is not an elementary function. We can also write this in terms of the Complete Elliptic Integral of the First Kind. Anyway (+1) $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola Mar 25 '17 at 4:38

Dividing both numerator and denominator by $\cos^2(x)$ and the substitution $\tan(x)=t$ may help.

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