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[tex] \int e^x \cos{x} \ dx [/tex]

We know from [tex] e^{ix} = \cos{x} + i\sin{x} [/tex] that the real part of [tex] e^{ix} [/tex] equals [tex] \cos{x} [/tex]. So suppose we want to find that integral, is it ok to study the real part of [tex] e^x \cdot e^{ix} [/tex]? In that case we get

[tex] \int e^x \cos{x} \ dx = \int e^x e^{ix} \ dx = \frac{e^x e^{ix}}{1+i}[/tex]

Doing this gives us

[tex] (1/2) e^x e^{ix} (1 - i)[/tex]

[tex] (1/2) e^x (\cos{x} + i\sin{x})(1 - i)[/tex]

[tex] (1/2) e^x (\cos{x} - i\cos{x} + i\sin{x} + \sin{x})[/tex]

Hence we find that

[tex] \int e^x \cos{x} \ dx = (1/2)e^x (\cos{x} + \sin{x}) [/tex]

Which is indeed the result we get from using integration by parts. We also get that the imaginary part is (same as by integration by parts)

[tex] \int e^x \sin{x} \ dx = (1/2) e^x (\sin{x} - \cos{x}) [/tex].

But is this technique ok and is there any more examples of this technique? Is there a name for this? Doing this instead of using integration by parts we get the integrals of [tex] e^x \cos{x} [/tex] and [tex] e^x \sin{x} [/tex] at the same time ... I can't think of any way why this shouldn't be ok.

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