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$$\int \frac{\sin^3\frac\theta 2}{\cos\frac\theta2 \sqrt{\cos^3\theta + \cos^2\theta + \cos\theta}} d\theta$$

My Attempt: $$I = \int \frac{\sin^2\frac\theta2\cdot\sin\frac\theta2\cos\frac\theta2}{\cos^2\frac\theta2 \sqrt{\cos^3\theta + \cos^2\theta + \cos\theta}} d\theta \\ = \frac12 \int \frac{(1-\cos\theta)\sin\theta}{(1+\cos\theta)\sqrt{\cos^3\theta + \cos^2\theta + \cos\theta}} d\theta$$ $$\text{let }\cos\theta = t \implies -\sin\theta d\theta = dt$$ $$I = \frac12 \int \frac{t-1}{(t+1) \sqrt{ t^3+t^2+t } } dt $$

I am not sure how to proceed further from here. Any hints/solutions on how to resolve the cubic expression under the square root?

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    $\begingroup$ take $t^2$ out of the denominator and then substitute $s= \frac{1}{t} + t$ you will see that the numerator will give $\textbf{d}s$ and this integral will be solvable by standard procedure. $\endgroup$ Jun 29 at 17:25
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Use $s = \frac{t-1}{t+1} \implies t = \frac{1+s}{1-s}$

$$I = \frac{1}{2}\int \frac{2s}{\sqrt{3-2s^2-s^4}}\:ds = \frac{1}{2}\int\frac{2s}{\sqrt{4-(s^2+1)^2}}\:ds = \frac{1}{2}\sin^{-1}\left(\frac{s^2+1}{2}\right)$$

Then keep reversing the substitutions

$$I = \frac{1}{2}\sin^{-1}\left(\frac{\left(\frac{t-1}{t+1}\right)^2+1}{2}\right) = \frac{1}{2}\sin^{-1}\left(\frac{t^2+1}{(t+1)^2}\right)$$

$$\implies I = \frac{1}{2}\sin^{-1}\left[\frac{1}{4}\sec^4\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)-\tan^2\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)\right]+C$$

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Set $\sqrt t=y,t=y^2,dt=2y\ dy$

$$I =\int\dfrac{(y^2-1)2y}{(y^2+1)y\sqrt{y^2(y^4+y^2+1)}}dy$$

$$=2\int\dfrac{1-1/y^2}{(y+1/y)\sqrt{y^2+1+1/y^2}}dy$$

Set $\int(1-1/y^2)dy =z$

Then $\sqrt{z^2+1}=u\implies z^2+1=u^2$

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