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Cauchy Integral Theorem

  1. Feb 19, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For r=1,3,5 compute the following integral:

    Integral over alpha (e^(x^2)/(x^2-6x)dx
    Alpha(t) = 2+re^(it) from 0 to 2pi

    2. Relevant equations
    Cauchy Integral Formula:
    f(z) = 1/(2ipi)Integral over Alpha(f(x)/(x-z)dx)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For r = 1, the integral is simply 0 since f(x) is analytic over the domain (critical points being 0 and 6).

    For r = 3, I'm a little unsure how to proceed. Obviously plugging in alpha and alpha prime doesnt seem like the correct method (simply because the algebra involved is alot) not to mention a nasty integral from 0 to 2pi at the end. I'm assuming I'm supposed to use the cauchy integral theorem (the chapter we are on) in solving the problem.

    Questions: How can I apply the cauchy integral theorem to help me solve this?

    At first I tried spliting up the domain into seperate chunks so that some would sum to 0 and then I would be left with something that I already knew, though I couldnt really manage. The best application of the cauchy integral theorem that I can think of is taking a f(z) that I know and setting it equal to the integral relation and then somehow deriving the original integral from the chaos... Is this the correct way of going about it?
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  3. Feb 19, 2007 #2
    Good news, I figured out my problem. You have to use partial fractions to seperate the deonominator so that you can better apply cauchy formula.

    e^(x^2)/(x^2-6) = e^36 / (6x-6) - 1/6x and then just go from there depends on r it changes since domain changes.
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