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Homework Help: Completing the square and then using trig substitutio

  1. Mar 2, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Integral of 1/[(x^2+4x+3)^(3/2)]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried completing the square and then using trig substitution. So its:

    1/[(x+2)^2 -1] let x+2=sec(theta), dx =sec(theta)tan(theta)

    After some simplifying, I get it down to integral of csc(theta) which = -ln|csc(theta) + cot(theta)|

    My calc teacher has the answers online, and it doesnt have any ln in it at all, so im pretty sure im on the wrong track here. Any suggestions?
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  3. Mar 2, 2009 #2

    Gib Z

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    Re: integral

    It seems like you completely forgot about the exponent in the denominator.
  4. Mar 2, 2009 #3
    Re: integral

    The small mistake you made after completing the square is that you forgit to copy down the ^3/2 in the denominator. It should be:

    [tex]\frac{1}{[(x+2)^{2} -1]^{\frac{3}{2}}}[/tex].

    It becomes much easier when you include it ;). But aside from that mistake you're on teh right general track.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009
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