## What is the best way to integrate this??

What is the best way to integrate -250*cost*sin^2t dt ??

I'm looking in my old calc book and it says to integrate by parts-is this the only way to do it? When I try this it makes the integral even more complicated than it was to begin with.
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 Try a u-substitution. The most obvious being u=sin(x)

## What is the best way to integrate this??

Okay so heres how I did it:

The general rule is Integral of udv = u*v - int(v*du)

So i said that v = sin^2t dv/dt = 2sintcost
du=costdt --> u=sint

Integral = sin^3t - int (sin^2t*costdt)

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 Quote by d_leet Try a u-substitution. The most obvious being u=sin(x)
But then what do you do with cost ?? how do you put that in terms of u??

 Quote by LinearAlgebra Okay so heres how I did it: The general rule is Integral of udv = u*v - int(v*du) So i said that v = sin^2t dv/dt = 2sintcost du=costdt --> u=sint Integral = sin^3t - int (sin^2t*costdt) ??????????????????????????

This is really messy, are you absolutely sure the book said to use integration by parts because if the problem is exactly as you've posted it then there is a much simpler way.

 Quote by LinearAlgebra But then what do you do with cost ?? how do you put that in terms of u??
Well how do you normally do a u-substitution? What is du?
 No it absolutely didnt say intgrate by parts...i'm in a higher level class and havent touched calc in 5 years and so i forget how to do this basic operation. I looked in my old freshman yr calc book and thats what it said to do. If you have a simpler way, i'm sure thats what we should do.
 We have to do line integrals and as a part of the g(x,y)dx, dy, ds..this was one of the problems i was having (actually performing the integral).

 Quote by LinearAlgebra No it absolutely didnt say intgrate by parts...i'm in a higher level class and havent touched calc in 5 years and so i forget how to do this basic operation. I looked in my old freshman yr calc book and thats what it said to do. If you have a simpler way, i'm sure thats what we should do.
I don't even believe a freshman level book would say to do integration by parts for this problem.
 um. okay. well i'm not lying?? I mean i dont know how that it supposed to be constructive. do you have the name of the method, the easier way, that you would use?

 Quote by LinearAlgebra um. okay. well i'm not lying?? I mean i dont know how that it supposed to be constructive. do you have the name of the method, the easier way, that you would use?
Yes I do, and I've mentioned it twice already.
 Ooooh. got it, thanks. so when should i use the u substitution method vs integration by parts? the u sub worked out perfectly in this case...

 Quote by LinearAlgebra Ooooh. got it, thanks. so when should i use the u substitution method vs integration by parts? the u sub worked out perfectly in this case...
Parts often seems to be reserved for a last resort situation when nothing else seems to work, so it's probably best to try and use a u-substitution or other method before resorting to parts.
 Recognitions: Homework Help Another way to do it would be to use double angle formula (for cos) and then factor formulae to simplify, then just integrate. Not difficult either.
 You could use the double angle of sin. (sin(2t)=2sintcost) and substitut it . Would be somethink like this: -250 S cos t sin 2t dt -250 S cos t 2sint cost dt -500 S (cos t)^2 sint dt Then u=cost du=-sint dt, then 500 S u^2 dt 500 (u^3)/3 substituting back u= cost 500 (cost)^3* 1 / 3 Wala, there is, no integration by parts is useless if you have the du on the integral. Just the double angle formula. -Link

 Quote by LinearAlgebra Okay so heres how I did it: The general rule is Integral of udv = u*v - int(v*du) So i said that v = sin^2t dv/dt = 2sintcost du=costdt --> u=sint Integral = sin^3t - int (sin^2t*costdt) ??????????????????????????
With all respect,
You are the rule right but the dv/dt= -2 cos 2t, you just use the double angle formula.