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Homework Help: 4. integration of ln

  1. Apr 11, 2009 #1
    as part of a question i need to integrate

    [tex]\int[/tex]ln2|x|dx (from -1 to 1)

    what i did was integration in parts

    [tex]\int[/tex]ln2|x|dx =x*ln2|x| - [tex]\int[/tex]2(lnx/x)xdx

    =x*ln2|x| - 2[xln|x| - x]

    =lim x(ln2|x|-2ln|x|+ 2)|[tex]^{-1}_{0-\epsilon}[/tex] +(ln2|x|-2ln|x|+ 2)|[tex]^{0+\epsilon}_{1}[/tex]

    1st of all is this correct,?
    2nd of all, is there no better way to solve this
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  3. Apr 11, 2009 #2
    Symmetry would work pretty nicely:

    [tex]\int^{1}_{-1}{ln^2|x| dx} = 2\int^{1}_{0}{ln^2(x) dx} = 2 \lim_{a \rightarrow 0}{\int^{1}_{a}{ln^2(x) dx}} = d[/tex]

    where d the value of the integral, or [tex]\pm \infty[/tex] if it diverges.
  4. Apr 11, 2009 #3
    thanks, but you would still have to do the whole long integration in parts to achieve d, would you not?
  5. Apr 11, 2009 #4
    Alternative method.


    Expand both sides in powers of p. We have:

    [tex] x^p = \exp\left[p\log(x)\right]= 1+p\log(x) + \frac{p^2}{2}\log^{2}(x)+\cdots[/tex]


    So, we can immediately read off that the integral from zero to 1 is 2.
  6. Apr 11, 2009 #5
    nice count Iblis, I should have thought of using that.

    But to answer dell question :

    use integration by parts formula -- int(u*dv) = uv - int(v*du)
  7. Apr 12, 2009 #6
    how did you read that the integral is 2?

    i see that you used deformation of Mcloren, (plnx in place of x) but how do you see that that is equal to 2, how do i use this? do i plug 1 into my x,
    exp[plog(1)]??? but that will give me exp[0]=1
  8. Apr 12, 2009 #7
    how did you get to the integral of x^p if we started with integral of ln^2|x|
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