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Integral ((4x^2)-1)e^(-2x^2)

  1. Feb 27, 2009 #1
    I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction with this integral.


    I have tried substitution with trig functions, hyperbolic functions, seperating the first part into partial fractions and numerous other methods to no avail. Does anyone who knows have any hints?

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  3. Feb 27, 2009 #2
    Try solving this with the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_function" [Broken]. This will give a solution in terms of erf(x), a solution in terms of more elementary functions is probably not possible.
    I also suspect that the definite integral over the real line is 0.
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  4. Feb 27, 2009 #3
    It is OK I have done it now, I split it in to two parts 4x^2(e-2x^2) and -e(-2x^2) and integrated the first part by parts using u'=4xe(-2x^2) and v=x, and then the integral part of the solution cancelled with the second part ie the sol'n was ;


    leaving [-xe(-2x^2)] with appropriate limits,

  5. Feb 27, 2009 #4


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    No, the last two terms do NOT cancel, they add. This is
    [tex]-xe^{-2x^2}- 2\int e^{-2x^2} dx[/tex].

  6. Feb 27, 2009 #5
    I think wrote it incorrectly, it would be;

    (-xe^(-2x^2)) -int(-e^(-2x^2)) -int(e^(-2x^2)),

    which then cancels.
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