How to integrate a sinc function?

1. Sep 8, 2011

yungman

Can anyone show me how to do this:

$$\int_a^b \left[\frac {\sin x}{x}\right]^2 dx$$

2. Sep 8, 2011

alexfloo

It depends on you purpose, but in general the best bet may be power series methods.

The Taylor series for sin2 is

$\sin^2 x = -\sum^\infty_{k=1} \frac{(-1)^{k} 2^{2k-1}x^{2k}}{(2k)!}$

So we have

$\frac{\sin^2 x}{x^2} = -\sum^\infty_{k=1} \frac{(-1)^{k} 2^{2k-1}x^{2k-2}}{(2k)!}$

Then you can try term-wise integration and the fundamental theorem of calculus to get a general form for the answer as a power series.