Any suggestions on how to integrate this beast?:



$f{} = 2\pi+2\tan^{-1}(y,x)$

$y = -A^2\sin^2(\omega_{12}/2)\cos(\omega_t/2)-r\cos(\omega_{12}/2)$

$x = A\sin(\omega_{12}/2)[\cos(\omega_t/2)\cos(\omega_{12}/2)-r]$

$r = \sqrt{A^2\sin^2(\omega_{12}/2)[A^2\sin^2(\omega_{12}/2)+\cos^2(\omega_{12}/2)-\cos^2(\omega_t/2)]}$

I can perform the first integration fine, but when you evaluate it at f you get something nasty that I can't seem to integrate. Here is the result after the first integration:


Note: $\tan^{-1}(y,x)$ is the two argument inverse tangent function, a.k.a. atan2.

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    $\begingroup$ A standard technique for evaluating double integrals is to switch the order of integration. Does that get you anything nicer? $\endgroup$ – Qiaochu Yuan May 5 '11 at 23:01
  • $\begingroup$ You may have use for the usual conversion $\arctan(y,x)=2\arctan\left(\frac{\sqrt{x^2+y^2}-x}{y}\right)$. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician May 5 '11 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ @okj, as a side remark, have you tried using mathematica? It is pretty good at solving these types of questions where you are seeking exact and analytic solutions. $\endgroup$ – picakhu May 6 '11 at 1:33
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    $\begingroup$ The second portion at least, you can integrate nicely. Note that $\sin^2\frac{\omega_{12}}{2}=\frac12\left(1-\cos\omega_{12}\right)$ and $\sin\frac{\omega_t}{2}\cos\frac{\omega_t}{2}=\frac12\sin\omega_t$. $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician May 6 '11 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ Did this integral come from a physics problem? What's the current status? Is it solved? $\endgroup$ – Lee David Chung Lin Mar 15 '18 at 6:34

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