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#1
Nov305, 04:03 AM

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Ok so I have to find the arc length from t=1 to t=2.
[tex] \begin{array}{l} L = \int_a^b {r'(t)dt} \\ r'(t) = \frac{{2(1 + 2t^4 )}}{{t^3 }} \\ \end{array} [/tex] And I have completely forgotten how to integrate fractions..... Oh wait... i THINK i know what to do. Should i set u=1+2t^4? 


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Nov305, 04:07 AM

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I hope I'm not missing something.
[tex]\frac{{2\left( {1 + 2t^4 } \right)}}{{t^3 }} = 2\left( {\frac{1}{{t^3 }} + \frac{{2t^4 }}{{t^3 }}} \right)[/tex] then it should just be the normal power rule right? 


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Nov305, 04:16 AM

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No need for any substitution. Benny's right.
Daniel. 


#4
Nov305, 04:20 AM

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Forgot how to integrate fractions
heh, i don't even remember the power rule.



#5
Nov305, 04:33 AM

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Power rule for integration is:
[tex]\int x^n dx = \frac{x^{n +1}}{n + 1} + C[/tex] 


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Nov305, 04:43 AM

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Don't forget the condition
[tex] \int x^{n} \ dx=\frac{x^{n+1}}{n+1} +C , n\in{\mathbb{C}\{1\}} [/tex] Daniel. 


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Nov305, 05:31 AM

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Also remember that [tex]\frac{1}{x^n} = x^{n}[/tex]



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Mar607, 03:35 PM

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I'm sorry to bring this up, but how do you integrate a fraction?
If you have 4x/3, how do you integrate it? 


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Mar607, 03:40 PM

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Remember that a fraction is nothing else than an ordinary number. Also remember that you can write:
[tex]\frac{4x}{3}=\frac{4}{3}*x[/tex] f Thus, an antiderivative is: [tex]\frac{4}{3}*\frac{x^{2}}{2}+C=\frac{4}{3*2}x^{2}+C=\frac{2}{3}x^{2}+C[/tex] 


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Mar607, 05:00 PM

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Also think of the following: If there is a constant inside an integral you can move it outside the integral (sorry, don't know this formula editor):
INTEGRAL(c*f(x)dx)=c*INTEGRAL(f(x)dx) So in your case 4/3 is a constant (independant of x) and you can move it outside the integral, getting: INTEGRAL(4x/3dx)=4/3*INTEGRAL(xdx) 


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Mar707, 11:00 AM

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Thanks,
[tex]\int{C*f(x)dx} = C[/tex] [tex]\int{f(x)dx}[/tex] But Kruger, wouldn't the dx be over/beside the fraction, and not under: like this? [tex]\int{\frac{4x}{3}dx} = \frac{4}{3}\int{x*dx}[/tex] 


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Mar707, 01:35 PM

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That's what he meant. Most people interpret 4/3a to be (4/3)a, not 4/(3a). It's always best to use the parentheses, though! 


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Mar807, 08:40 AM

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We all love parantheses!



#14
Mar2311, 05:05 PM

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Hi, found this thread and hoping to get a reply:
I want to integrate curve eqn to get volume of curve rotated around xaxis The curve eqn is 6/(52x) and the x limits are 0 and 1 


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Mar2311, 05:14 PM

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