Calculus II

Express the integrated as a sum of partial fractions and evaluate the integral

3x2+x+9/(x2+5)(x-6)

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asked by Rosali
  1. The partial fractions part come to:

    (3x2+x+9)/((x2+5)(x-6))
    = 3/(x-6) + 1/(x^2+5)

    both of those are easy to integrate, right?

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  2. We must be careful to insert parentheses when they are needed.
    Expressions are evaluated according to the PEMDAS rule.
    http://www.purplemath.com/modules/orderops.htm

    For example, what you posted is mathematically equivalent

    3x²+x +[9/(x²+5)]*(x-6)
    which is (probably) not what you meant.

    Correctly written, what you (probably) meant should read:

    (3x2+x+9)/((x2+5)(x-6))

    Here, we try to interpret correctly by guessing from context, but calculators are unforgiving with missing parentheses, that is why we need to develop the proper reflex for them.

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