Posted by mathstudent on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 11:54am.
Calculate definite integral of
dx/(x^4 * sqrt(x^2 + 3))
Over (1,3)
I start with the substitution x = sqrt(3)*tan t
so:
sqrt(x^2 + 3) = sqrt(3) * sec t
dx = sqrt(3) * sec^2 t dt
x^4 = 9 * tan^4 t
The integral simplifies to:
= dt/(tan^3 t * sin t)
How do I solve that?

calculus  Damon, Monday, December 31, 2007 at 2:07pm
Well, I call it:
(1/9)int cos^3 t dt/sin^4 t
(1/9) int (1sin^2 t) cos t dt/sin^4 t
(1/9) int cos t dt/sin^4 t (1/9) int cos t dt/sin^2 t
now integral of cos/sin^4 is of form 1/sin^3 (leaving the constants for you
and)
integral of cos/sin^2 is of form 1/sin (leaving the constants to you)

calculus  mathstudent, Monday, December 31, 2007 at 3:03pm
thanks damon! I follow perfectly.
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