Find the integral x^3 sqrt(x^2 + x^8 + 8) cos x dx

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Homework Statement


Find the integral

f(x) = x^3 sqrt(x^2 + x^8 + 8) cox(x) dx


The Attempt at a Solution



I need help starting. It appears to be either integration by parts and/or substituion.
 

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Dick
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You are going to have a tough time finding an antiderivative for that. Is it actually a definite integral?
 
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The problem wanted the function evaluated from -14 to 14. Does it make a difference if it is definitive or not? Is there a trick if it is definitive?
 
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The problem wanted the function evaluated from -14 to 14. Does it make a difference if it is definitive or not? Is there a trick if it is definitive?
It does in this case. For your function f(-x)=(-f(x)), it's an odd function. What happens if you integrate an odd function over a symmetric interval around the origin?
 
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Does the positive and negative parts cancel out if it is symmetric?
 
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Does the positive and negative parts cancel out if it is symmetric?
That's the idea.
 

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