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Homework Help: Another couple of integration porblems

  1. May 11, 2009 #1
    Back for a couple more I'm having a little trouble with. The first is

    sech(1/x)tanh(1/x) all over x^2

    Here I'm not sure how to deal with integrating hyperbolics at all as we haven't gotten to it in class yet. I did some searching on the internet and found that the integral tanh(x)sech(x) = -sech(x) + C. With all of it being over x^2 it becomes a little more complicated.

    Do I rewrite x^2 as x^-2 and multiply it through with the 1/x's? Would the property tanh(x)sech(x) = -sech(x) + C still work?

    I was also wondering about rewriting the whole equation as (2/e^1/x + e^-1/x)(e^1/x - e^-1/x /e^1/x - e^-1/x)(1/x^2). That seems overly complicated though and I'm not sure what form to go to from that point.

    The other problem I'm having trouble with is integrating


    I know of ways of integrating sin and cos that have squares but is there a property I can use that's cubed and a double angel?
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  3. May 11, 2009 #2


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    What do you mean by integrating all over x^2? I suppose you mean [tex]\int \text{sech}\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)\tanh\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)\frac{1}{x^2}dx[/tex]. If so use the substitution [itex]u=sech \left(\frac{1}{x}\right)[/itex]. For your second problem use the substitution [itex]u=\cos 2\theta[/itex]
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  4. May 11, 2009 #3
    Yeah, that is what I meant and both make so much more sense to me now. Thanks!
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