Improper Integral Infinity

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Homework Statement



Using the fact that the integral from -Infinity to Infinity of e^-x^2 is equal to Sqrt(Pi), find the integral from -Infinity to Infinity of x^2 * e^-x^2



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I really dont know how to find this using the fact that the first integral is equal to Sqrt(Pi), where do you start on this one?

Thanks for the help
 

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phyzguy
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Phrygian,

Try integrating by parts with u = x, and dv = x e-x2 dx.
 
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Thanks a lot! But now how do I evaluate -x/2(e^-x^2) from -Infinity to Infinity?
 
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The derivative of the argument of the exponential function is, up to a constant factor, in front of the exponential function.
 
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After doing the integration by parts I ended up with -x/2(e^-x^2) to be evaluated from -infinity to infinity + integral of 1/2 e^-x^2 dx from negative infinity to infinity. I know that the second integral is equal to Sqrt(Pi)/2 but I can't figure out how to evaluate the first part at the limits.
 
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Try writing x e-x2 as x / ex2, then expand the ex2 in the denominator as a power series and watch what happens as x goes to infinity. The ex2 term grows much faster than any power of x.
 

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