Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Section 5.5

This section is about the Substitution rule which allows anti-differentiation of complex expressions. The idea is to replace the complex section with a variable, (u), anti-differentiate, and then substitute back in the complex statement: a sort of inverse chain rule.

Substitution Rule for indefinite integrals

If u=g(x) is a differentiable function whose range is an interval I and f is continuous on I then
∫ f(g(x))g'(x) dx = ∫ f(u) du

This rule can also be applied to definite integrals by adjusting the range for u

∫ from a to be of [f(g(x))g'(x) dx] = ∫ from g(a) to g(b) of [f(u) du


∫ (cos√t)/ √t

Given that u = √t then dt = 2du/t^-.5

substituting both expressions in removes the denominator and the roots to give "∫ 2cos(u) du"

antidifferentiate to get 2sin(u) + C and substitute the original expression for x to get 2sin√t + C

This is a helpful site: http://www.sosmath.com/calculus/integration/substitution/substitution.html

Alex you're next.


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