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A Difficult cosh integral using Leibniz rule?

  1. May 6, 2017 #1
    I was wondering if I could get some pointers on how to at least start on this. In quantum mechanics we are using the WKB approximation, and we end up with a definite integral that looks like this:

    ∫(1 - a(cosh(x))-2)1/2 dx = ∫(1/cosh(x)) (1 - a(cosh(x))2)1/2 dx

    where a is a positive constant. I've tried everything I can think of to no avail, the answer on wolfram isnt pretty but it seems like if I can figure out what process to use I could reach it eventually. I asked the professor and he suggested Leibnitz rule, but not sure how differentiation under the integral sign would help here.
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  3. May 6, 2017 #2
    But it does not have limits on it. Do you mean indefinite ? I am asking because some indefinite integrals are easy to evalute with limits.

    Are you just interested in final result ?
  4. May 7, 2017 #3
    From how my professor was describing it it seemed like the limits wouldn't be too helpful, but yes it is a definite integral from -cosh-1(a0.5 to cosh-1(a0.5 (inverse hyperbolic cosh, not cosh^-1 )
  5. May 7, 2017 #4
    I tried to integrate it and I was unable to do so except for ##a = 1## (which you can do easily). I think it is not integratable but I am no expert, I don't have any clue about gamma function, airy functions ...
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