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Homework Help: Can someone explain to me why this is with finding an integral

  1. Nov 2, 2014 #1
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    Alright, I know how to find the integral of a regular function, But an inverse, is throwing me off

    Can someone explain why 1/Sqrt(7t)dt is 2sqrt(t/7)

    I'm probably missing something, but why does the variable end up as a numerator?

    I know the inverse is 1/(r+1)x^(r+1)

    So I work it out as
    1/(-.5+1) which goes out to 2

    then the rest
    (what am I missing here)
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  3. Nov 2, 2014 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    So, you are saying that
    [tex] \int \frac{1}{\sqrt{7t}} \, dt = 2 \sqrt{t/7} + C[/tex]
    You can check by taking the derivative of your answer with respect to t and see if it gives you back the integrand. That is something you should always do, and when you do it you will have answered your own question.
  4. Nov 2, 2014 #3


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    It always helps me to think of
    ##\sqrt{7t}=(7t)^{1/2}##. Or in your case,
    ##\int (7t)^{-1/2} dt##
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