The integral is $$\int\frac{\sqrt{\cos 2x}}{\sin x}\,\text{d}x.$$ I have tried solving this by taking the sine inside the radical as follows: $$\int\sqrt\frac{\cos 2x}{\sin^2 x}\,\text{d}x$$$$\int\sqrt\frac{\cos^2x-\sin^2x}{\sin^2 x}\,\text{d}x$$$$\int\sqrt{\cot^2x-1}\,\text{d}x.$$ I don't know how to proceed from here, or whether this is even right. Any suggestions?


You can continue like this: \begin{align*} \int\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}\,dx&=\int\frac{\cot^2(x)-1}{\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}}\,dx\\ &=\int\frac{\csc^2(x)-2}{\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}}\,dx\\ &=\int\frac{\csc^2(x)}{\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}}\,dx-2\int\frac{1}{\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}}\,dx\\ \end{align*} The first integral can be solved with substitution $u=\cot(x)$ and the second one with substitution $\cot(x)=\cosh(t)$ will be converted to the following one: \begin{align*} \int\frac{1}{\sqrt{\cot^2(x)-1}}\,dx&=-\int\frac{dt}{1+\cosh^2(t)}\\ &=-\int\frac{2}{2+e^t+e^{-t}}\,dt\\ &=-\int\frac{2e^t}{e^{2t}+2e^t+1}\,dt\\ &=-\int\frac{2e^t}{(e^t+1)^2}\,dt\\ &=\frac{2}{e^t+1} \end{align*} Can you continue?( I hope you can)

  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps you might want to tackle this integral as well ? $\endgroup$ – Lucian Dec 14 '13 at 8:04
  • $\begingroup$ Yes I can :) Thank you :) $\endgroup$ – Artemisia Dec 15 '13 at 4:42
  • $\begingroup$ Nice Solution Farshad Nahangi.... $\endgroup$ – juantheron Dec 15 '13 at 11:55

Suppose you express everything in terms of $\cos(x)$ and later make a change of variables such that $y = \cos(x)$. Remember that $\frac{dx}{\sin(x)}$ is also $\frac{-d(\cos(x)) }{1-\cos^2(x)}$. Does this help and can you continue from here ?

  • $\begingroup$ @freak_warrior. Thanks for editing. I am almost blind and, beside plain ASCII, everything is difficult to me. Cheers. $\endgroup$ – Claude Leibovici Dec 14 '13 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ haha no problem $\endgroup$ – freak_warrior Dec 14 '13 at 6:42
  • $\begingroup$ @ClaudeLeibovici : Your answer is right as well :) I just can accept only one answer. But I like your method :) Thank you $\endgroup$ – Artemisia Dec 15 '13 at 4:43

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