# Indefinite Trignometric Integral

1. Feb 6, 2016

### in the rye

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
∫sinxcos(x/2)dx

This isn't an actual homework problem, but one I found that I'm working on for test prep.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

∫sinxcos(x/2) dx = ∫sinx√((1+cosx)/2) dx

u = ½ + ½ cosx
-2 du = sinx dx

-2∫√(u) du = -2(2/3⋅u3/2) + c

-2(2/3⋅u3/2) + c = -4/3⋅[(1+cosx)/2)3/2] + c
-4/3⋅[(1+cosx)/2)3/2] = -4/3⋅(cos(x/2))3/2 + c

I tried to check my solution by graphing my answer with theirs, but the table is displaying different values.

Last edited: Feb 6, 2016
2. Feb 6, 2016

### Samy_A

You have an error in the last line:
The formula you used for the substitution is $\sqrt{\frac{1+\cos x}{2}}=\cos \frac{x}{2}$

3. Feb 6, 2016

### in the rye

Gotcha, so it's probably easier to leave it where I had it in the second line. For some reason the solution isn't working, still. Even when I just plug the integral on my graphic calculator. :/

Is there a trick to getting my square roots to look fancy like yours so I can clean it up when I post?

4. Feb 6, 2016

### MidgetDwarf

Theres another way, I think it is easier. Remember the product to sum trigonometric identities? Use it!

5. Feb 7, 2016

### Samy_A

Weird, I get the same result as you, except for the erroneous square root in the final result.

@MidgetDwarf 's suggestion is also good, but as said, you really are one symbol away from the solution.

Yes, I use $\LaTeX$. It may look difficult if you never used it, but you'll learn it quickly. It makes posts with equations much more readable, and I highly recommend the use of it.

There is a guide here, there is also a link to that guide in the bottom left of the edit box.
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Last edited: Feb 7, 2016