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Homework Help: Difficult improper integral using mathematica

  1. Oct 19, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    evaluate $$\int_0^1\frac{Ln(x)}{1+x}\,dx$$

    2. Relevant equations
    I know the way to solve most improper integrals; replacing 0 or the bound causing the issue with a variable and have the limit of the integral as the variable goes to infinity. My question is using mathematica how do I get a reasonable result?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I had started just looking for the indefinite integral first, just to keep an eye on the method mathematica was using and making sure I agreed. I had not tried this by hand yet. $$\int\frac{Ln(x)}{1+x}\,dx$$
    This however spat out an crazy result about a screen length wrong with an IF statement and an assumptions (it is far to long to type here). I need help at this juncture. What caused the issue and how do I resolve it to allow me to take the limit of the integral?
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  3. Oct 19, 2012 #2


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    By Ln(x) do you mean the natural log of x ( usually written ln(x) )? If so, Mathematica gives me a simple result:

    Integrate[Log[x]/(1 + x), {x, 0, 1}] = - (pi^2 / 12)
  4. Oct 19, 2012 #3

    Ray Vickson

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    Maple gets a nice, simple formula (but involving the non-elementary "dilog" function):



    J := dilog(1 + x) + ln(x) ln(1 + x)

    We can evaluate the definite integral from this:


    -Pi^2 /12


    J0 := 0

    Therefore, the definite integral is - π2/12. We also get this right away if we ask Maple to do the definite integral.

    I do not have access to Mathematica, so cannot help you with that aspect of your problem.

  5. Oct 22, 2012 #4
    I am still unsure of what I did wrong but after retyping it today I got the same answer. So I don't have to do any other operations even though it is in improper form? I just want to make sure that there wouldn't be a different result if preformed a different way.
  6. Oct 23, 2012 #5

    Ray Vickson

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    As I said already, I get -pi^2/12 when I do it in Maple. I do not have access to Mathematica, but when I try it on Wolfram Alpha I get a numerical answer which is, in fact, the numerical value of -pi^2/12. I am assuming that Mathematica is the computational engine behind Wolfram Alpha, so Mathematica knows how to do the integral and gets the right answer. The only conclusion I can draw is that something is wrong with your input. But, not being a Mathematica user, I cannot tell what your problem may be. Why don't you post the detailed instruction here, so others can look at it?

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