Definite Integral

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Calculate the following integral:

upper limit: 1
lower limit: -2

∫ (5x + 3) / (x^2 + 4x + 7) dx


Do I do a polynomial division for this one?


Thank you

  • Definite Integral -

    Nasty integral

    long division will get you nowhere.
    It would have been a good idea if the fraction had been flipped
    If the denominator would have factored we could have used "integration by partial fractions" , but no such luck ( x^2 + 4x + 7 has no real roots, so we can't form real factors)

    I tried integration by parts and bailed out after a messy start, and went to good ol' reliable
    WOLFRAM
    http://integrals.wolfram.com/index.jsp?expr=%285x%2B3%29%2F+%28x%5E2+%2B+4x+%2B+7%29&random=false
    (when they say log, they actually imply Ln )

    now sub in the upper and lower values and good luck on the button-pushing.

  • Definite Integral -

    alright, thanks Reiny!

  • Definite Integral -

    The way to get their answer is to complete the square and then use trig substitution.

    If you go to wolframalpha.com and type in

    ∫ (5x + 3) / (x^2 + 4x + 7) dx
    then click the "Show Steps" button you can see how they did it. If you want the final numeric answer, type in

    ∫[-2,1] (5x + 3) / (x^2 + 4x + 7) dx

    to get log32 - 7pi/sqrt(27)

  • Definite Integral -

    Thanks Steve!

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