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Homework Help: Find the definite integral of a vector

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If [itex]\vec{r}(t) = t^2\vec{i} + t\cos{(\pi t)}\vec{j} + \sin{(\pi t)}\vec{k}[/itex], evaluate [itex]\int_{0}^{1} \vec{r}(t) \text{dt}[/itex].

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So I tried integrating each individual part, and I got
    [itex]\frac{1}{3}t^3\vec{i} + (-\pi t\sin{(\pi t)} - \frac{\sin{(\pi t)}}{\pi})\vec{j} - \frac{\cos{(\pi t)}}{t}\vec{k} |_{0}^{1}[/itex]
    (For the coefficient of [itex]\vec{j}[/itex] I used integration by parts, I'm not sure if that's right because it looks weird)
    But evaluating at 0 makes the coefficient of [itex]\vec{k}[/itex] undefined! What should I do? Thanks.
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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2


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    You do realize that
    \int_{0}^{1} \vec{r}(t)\,dt=\hat{i}\int_{0}^{1} t^2\,dt+\hat{j}\int_{0}^{1} t\cos(\pi t)\,dt- \hat{k}\int_{0}^{1} \sin(\pi t)\,dt\ ,[/itex]​
    don't you?

    Show how you did the integration by parts, and show how you get a t in the denominator of the k component.
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