Since the integral doesn't depend on $x$, I take $x^2$ out of the integral and take the derivative of a constant times a function. The final result is $x^2\sin(x^2)$.

I saw one suggested answer which gives a different answer: $x^2\sin(x^2)+2xf(x)$, which is the derivative using the product rule. Which one is correct? Please explain, thanks.


$x^2$ is a constant with respect to the integral (since it's an integral with respect to $t$) but $x^2$ isn't a constant when you differentiate with respect to $x$ (i.e. when you want to compute $f'(x)$).


$$f'(x) = \dfrac{d}{dx}\left(x^2\int_0^x\sin(t^2)dt\right) = \dfrac{d}{dx}\left(x^2\right)\underbrace{\int_0^x\sin(t^2)dt}_{=f(x)/x^2} + x^2\dfrac{d}{dx}\left(\int_0^x\sin(t^2)dt\right)$$

which gives $$f'(x) = 2x\dfrac{f(x)}{x^2} + x^2\sin(x^2) = 2\dfrac{f(x)}{x} + x^2\sin(x^2).$$

  • $\begingroup$ Right. Thank you. $\endgroup$ – paf May 13 '18 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ You're welcome. And yet, somehow, your incorrect solution received up votes. LOL $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola May 13 '18 at 17:59
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Paf! This is the best answer. Now I understand the solution and the reasoning behind the question. Also thanks for the edit. $\endgroup$ – É. DD May 13 '18 at 18:08

Let $f(x)$ be given by the integral

$$f(x)=x^2\int_0^x \sin(t^2)\,dt$$

Then, from the product rule we have

$$\begin{align} f'(x)&=\left(\frac{dx^2}{dx}\right)\left(\int_0^x \sin(t^2)\,dt\right)+\left(x^2\right)\left(\frac{d}{dx}\int_0^x \sin(t^2)\,dt\right)\\\\ &=2x\int_0^x \sin^2(t)\,dt+x^2\sin(x^2)\\\\ &=\frac{2f(x)}{x}+x^2\sin(x^2) \end{align}$$

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi Joe! How are you? $\endgroup$ – Mark Viola May 13 '18 at 17:58
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  • $\begingroup$ Hey thanks for your answer Mark! This was really helpful. $\endgroup$ – É. DD May 13 '18 at 18:04

$$\displaystyle f(x)= \int_0^x x^2\sin(t^2)dt$$ Apply Leibniz rule:

$$\displaystyle f'(x)=\displaystyle x^2\sin(x^2)+ \int_0^x \partial_x x^2\sin(t^2)dt$$ $$\displaystyle f'(x)=\displaystyle x^2\sin(x^2)+2x\int_0^x \sin(t^2)dt$$ $$\displaystyle f'(x)=\displaystyle x^2\sin(x^2)+2 \frac {f(x)}x$$

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer Isham! $\endgroup$ – É. DD May 13 '18 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ yw @É.DD ....... $\endgroup$ – Isham May 13 '18 at 18:12

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