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Definite Integral

  1. May 26, 2005 #1
    hi guys
    yeh, im still going through revision, and im also stuck on this question.

    *integral sign*(upper limit 4, lower limit 2) x/sqrt(3x^2 + 4).dx

    When i look at this, i think of letting u = 3x^2 + 4, then bringing that sqrt to the top,solving for dx, and then find the integral, and sub the values in to find the definite answer
    Could someone clarify this for me
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  3. May 26, 2005 #2
    a U substitution would take care of it, but you would still be left with [itex] u^{-\frac{1}{2}}[/tex], so you wouldnt be bringing the sqrt to the top unless you rationalized the denominator.

    [tex] \int \frac{x}{\sqrt{3x^2+4}}\ dx = \frac{1}{6} \int \frac{1}{\sqrt{u}} \ du \ where \ u = 3x^2+4 [/tex]

    Dont forget to adjust your integration limits.
  4. May 26, 2005 #3

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    Your approach is basically right. You want

    [tex]\int^4_2\frac{ x}{\sqrt{3x^2 + 4}} dx[/tex]


    [tex]u= 3x^2 + 4[/tex]

    and sub it in. Don't forget about changing the dx to a du in the integral.
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