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Homework Help: Antiderivative of trig function

  1. Dec 9, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    [tex]\int\frac{{\rm{d}}x}{1+2\sin^2 (x)}[/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    it's some sort of a derivative of arctan, however, when I try to substitute [itex]y = \sqrt{2}\sin(x),\ {\rm{d}}y = \sqrt{2}\cos(x){\rm{d}}x[/itex] I get nowhere with it, atleast I think, since there is a further complication, namely the dy. Suggestions, please.
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  3. Dec 9, 2014 #2


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    Multiply by [itex] \frac{sec^2x}{sec^2x} [/itex] and then substitute [itex] y=\sqrt 2 \tan x [/itex]!
  4. Dec 9, 2014 #3
    Right, of course I won't think of that :D
    [tex]\int\frac{\sec^2(x){\rm{d}}x}{\frac{1}{\cos^2(x)}+2\frac{\sin^2(x)}{\cos^2(x)}} = \int\frac{\sec^2(x){\rm{d}}x}{3\tan^2(x)+1}[/tex] and that's all she wrote.
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