How to compute the following integral

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In summary, the conversation was about how to compute a specific integral that involved a term in the exponent with x times x0. The suggested method was to factor the expression and make a substitution, but there was uncertainty about the correct substitution to use. It was also mentioned that integration by parts may not work for this integral.
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I was wondering how to compute the following integral:
[tex]\int xe^{\frac{-x^2+2x\cdot x_0-x_{0}^2}{2a^2}}dx[/tex]

it would be quite simple if there was no term in the exponent x times x0 i think...any help on this thanks
 
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Factor the expression in the exponent and then make a substitution.
 
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i factored the exponent to be -(x-x0)^2 but what is the substitution to make? u = x-xo? this does not help because of the x...
 
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use integration by parts after making the substitution.
 
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so the substitution i proposed is the correct one to make?
 
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Try u=(x-x0)2, I think that should work, but it might be a bit messy, I'm pretty sure parts will not work though.
 
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but for what you propose then du=2(x-xo)dx, which cannot be put into the integral like this...
 
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It has to have some error function in it, so definitely it's not an elementary integral.

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