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Integrating √(sinθ + 1) 
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#1
May1914, 04:01 PM

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I have a polar arc length problem that comes down to integrating √(sinθ + 1). Through double usub and trig sub I got it to be 2√(1  sinθ) but that seems to be wrong. Wolfram Alpha says that the integral is [2√(sinθ + 1)(sin(θ/2)  cos(θ/2)] / [sin(θ/2) + cos(θ/2). I'm wondering how this is obtained.



#2
May1914, 04:46 PM

P: 94

Ok, can someone check this for me? I must be doing something stupid but I don't know what I'm doing wrong, this has to be some special case
[itex]\displaystyle\int \sqrt{1+\sin \theta} d \theta[/itex] sub in. [itex]\theta = \sin^{1}x[/itex] [itex]d \theta = \displaystyle\frac{1}{\sqrt{1x^{2}}}[/itex] [itex]\displaystyle\int \frac{\sqrt{x+1}}{\sqrt{(1+x)(1x)}}dx[/itex] [itex]\displaystyle \int \frac{1}{1x}dx[/itex] integrate and resub, but that doesn't really work out, don't know what to tell you I got the same answer [itex]2\sqrt{1\sin\theta}+c[/itex] 


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May1914, 05:05 PM

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[tex]2\frac{\cos\theta}{2\sqrt{1\sin\theta}} = \frac{\cos\theta}{\sqrt{1\sin\theta}} = \frac{\sqrt{1\sin^2\theta}}{\sqrt{1\sin\theta}} = \sqrt{1+\sin \theta}[/tex] But apparantly we are dividing by 0 somewhere here. The problem with the substitution is that we're restricting our domain of [itex]\theta[/itex] to [itex][\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}][/itex], and x to [1,1]. When differentiating we are also further restricted to x in (1,1). What I've learned when doing integrals involving trigonometry is this: try the magical substitution [itex]x = \tan(\frac{\theta}{2})[/itex]. EDIT: upon some calculations i think this might not work 


#4
May1914, 11:07 PM

P: 3,804

Integrating √(sinθ + 1)
Notice that:
$$\sqrt{1+\sin x}=\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)$$ Integrating gives: $$\int \sqrt{1+\sin x}\,dx=2\left(\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\right)+C$$ Multiply and divide by ##\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)## i.e $$2\left(\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\right)=\frac{2\left(\cos\left(\frac{x}{2} \right)  \sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\right)\left( \sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos \left (\frac{x}{2}\right)\right)}{\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos \left (\frac{x}{2}\right)}$$ Rewrite $$\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)=\sqrt{1+ \sin x}$$ Hence, $$\int \sqrt{1+\sin x}\,dx=\frac{2\sqrt{1+\sin x}\left(\cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)\right)}{\sin\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\cos \left (\frac{x}{2}\right)}+C$$ The above result is same as ##2\sqrt{1\sin x}+C##, WA likes to complicate the things. 


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