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Homework Help: How to integrate dx/(1+e^x)

  1. Oct 13, 2005 #1
    Someone please tell me how to integrate dx/(1+e^x).

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  3. Oct 13, 2005 #2


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    Since you have 1 + ex in the denominator, you would want something like d(ex) instead of dx. So let's try multiplying both numerator and denominator by ex.
    [tex]\int \frac{dx}{1 + e ^ x} = \int \frac{e ^ x dx}{e ^ x(1 + e ^ x)} = \int \frac{d(e ^ x)}{e ^ x(1 + e ^ x)} = = \int \left( \frac{1}{e ^ x} - \frac{1}{e ^ x + 1} \right) d(e ^ x)[/tex].
    Can you go from here?
    Viet Dao,
  4. Oct 13, 2005 #3


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    Or: almost the same thing, let u= 1+ex. Then du= exdx so that dx= du/ex.
    The integral is [tex]\int\frac{du}{e^x u}[/tex]
    You still have ex in your integral but since u= 1+ ex
    ex= u- 1:
    The integral is [tex]\int\frac{du}{(u-1)u}[/tex] which can be done by "partial fractions" giving exactly what VietDao29 had.
  5. Oct 13, 2005 #4
    You can do it in another way ..

    Multiply the numerator and denominator by e-x

    so ..

    [tex] \int \frac { dx} { 1 + e^x} = -\int \frac { - e^ {-x} } { e^ {-x } +1 } \ dx

    Now .. the numerator is the derivative of the denominator , so you can integrate easily .
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2005
  6. Oct 13, 2005 #5
    I'm trying to evaluate int: dv/(1+(A/(mg))alpha*v) from [vo,v] = -gt

    You should get [ v- ln(1 +(A/(mg))alpha*v)/alpha ] limits v and vo = -gt

    I tried the partial fractions and it won't match the answer, that U - 1 will cancel with the 1 + a /mb alpha v etc.

    you will get the ln over alpha but I have no idea where the V - in front of that comes from.

    so your left with just a /mg alpha v which is not correct. the last method looked tempting but I would just end up with ln u which is even worse
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2005
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