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Integral of this exponential function: does it have a solution? 
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Oct3109, 01:29 PM

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Hi all,
I'm trying to solve the definite integral between 0 and inf of: exp(a*x^2 + b*x + c)  dx 1 + exp(m*x + n) with a,b,c,m,n real numbers and a < 0 (negative number so it converges). I've read in the forum's rules that I have to post the work that I have done to get an answer but I have nothing reasonable to post (I have tried many alternatives but I didn't suceed, sorry) A way to obtain the exact solution would be perfect but an approximate result, even an upper/lowerbound would be fine as well. Any idea or help, please? Thanks in advance, FC. 


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Oct3109, 08:00 PM

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Can you do the special case...
[tex] \int _{0}^{\infty }\!{\frac {{{\rm e}^{{x}^{2}}}}{1+{{\rm e}^{x}}}}{d x} [/tex] 


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Nov109, 05:21 AM

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Nov209, 03:18 AM

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Integral of this exponential function: does it have a solution?
Maybe hes alluding to the idea that if you can't do one of the basic cases you wouldn't be able to do the general case either.



#5
Nov309, 03:29 AM

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Hi guys,
thank you for your answers. I have found that if m<0 and n<0 then 1/(1 + exp(m*x + n)) can be expanded into Maclaurin series, which yields something like 1 + e^()  e^2*(). The terms can be multiplied by the numerator of the original integral, thus finally obtaining three integrals of the form exp^(a*x^2 + b*x + c), which have closedform solutions in terms of the error function. Thank you for your interest! 


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