# How Do You Integrate x^5 cos(x^3) with Substitution?

• mckallin
In summary, the conversation is about someone asking for help with solving a specific integration problem involving x^5*cos(x^3). Various suggestions are made, including using integration by parts and making a substitution. The final suggestion is to make the substitution u=x^3 and then integrate by parts, which simplifies the integral and makes it easier to solve.
mckallin

can anyone help me solve the following integration? thanks a lot.

$$\int x^5 cos(x^3) dx$$

try to solve it by parts

I have tried it, but it doesn't work, at least, for me.

If I make $$u=cos(x^3), dv=x^5 dx$$, the grade of x, which is in the $$cos(x^3)$$, won't be reduce.

If I make $$u=x^5, dv=cos(x^3) dx$$, I can't solve the $$\int cos(x^3) dx$$.

Could you give me some more advice? thanks

What would you like to have inside the integral in order to have

$$\int cos(x^3) dx$$

be solvable? Can you choose slightly different u and dv to accomplish that?

From $(\sin x^3)'=3\,x^2\,\cos x^3$ deduce that $\cos x^3=\frac{1}{3\,x^2}\,(\sin x^3)'$ and use that to integrate by parts.

Oh, for goodness sake! Make the substitution u= x3, then integrate by parts!

(I notice now that that is essentially what Rainbow Child said.)

Rainbow Child said:
From $(\sin x^3)'=3\,x^2\,\cos x^3$ deduce that $\cos x^3=\frac{1}{3\,x^2}\,(\sin x^3)'$ and use that to integrate by parts.
How it can help?

HallsofIvy said:
Make the substitution u= x3, then integrate by parts!
How this can help?

fermio said:
How this can help?
I don't think there's any harm in showing the substitution,

$$u = x^3 \Rightarrow \frac{du}{dx} = 3x^2 \Rightarrow dx = \frac{du}{3x^2}$$

Hence when we make the substitution the integral becomes,

$$\int \frac{x^5}{3x^2}\cos(u)du = \frac{1}{3}\int u\cos(u)du$$

Which is a simple integral to solve.

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## 1. What is the general process for solving an integration problem?

The general process for solving an integration problem involves using techniques such as substitution, integration by parts, or partial fractions to rewrite the integral in a more manageable form. Then, the integral can be evaluated using known integration formulas or by applying integration rules.

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## 4. What are some tips for successfully solving integration problems?

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