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Homework Help: How do I set this antiderivative up?

  1. Jan 27, 2016 #1
    Mod note: Moved from technical math section, so there's no template.
    Sorry if I'm formatting this question wrong, new user.
    F(x) is an antiderivative of [PLAIN]https://upload.wikimedia.org/math/9/1/5/915ca58b070b0328cd069524c2d487f2.pngx[SUP]3[/SUP]+x+1. [Broken] F(1)https://upload.wikimedia.org/math/4/3/e/43ec3e5dee6e706af7766fffea512721.png -2.125. Find F(4).
    I tried to set up the antiderivative as (2/3)(x^3+x+1)^(3/2) and then plugging 1 in to get -2.125, but its clearly wrong. Is there another step I need to do?
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  3. Jan 27, 2016 #2
    posted in the wrong place sorry thought this was the homework forum. how do i delete post?
  4. Jan 28, 2016 #3


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    No, that isn't right, assuming that the integrand is ##\sqrt{x^3 + x + 1}##. If you differentiate your proposed antiderivative, you don't get ##\sqrt{x^3 + x + 1}##.
    Are you sure you have copied the problem correctly? As written this is not a simple integration problem.
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  5. Jan 28, 2016 #4

    Ray Vickson

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    If you mean ##f(x) = \sqrt{x^3+x+1}## then ##F(a) = \int_0^a f(x) \, dx## evaluates to a horrible expression involving Elliptic functions. For the record, here is what I get when I do the integral using the computer algebra package Maple:
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