Integral and complex exponential question: my physics teacher just gives me math hw

1. Oct 22, 2006

Geronimo85

I have two homework problems that have been driving me nuts:

1.) evaluate the indefinite integral:

integral(dx(e^ax)cos^2(2bx))

where a and b are real positive constants. I just don't know where to start on it.

2.) Find all values of i^(2/3)

So far I have:

i^(2/3)
= e^(2/3*ln(i))
= e^(2/3*i*(Pi/2 + 2*n*Pi))
= e^(i*Pi/3)*e^(i*n*4Pi/3)

I know from the back of my book my three solutions should end up being (1+i*sqrt(3))/2, (1-i*sqrt(3))/2, -1. But I can't seem to get there. I'd really appreciate any help. Sorry if my shorthand is confusing.

2. Oct 22, 2006

Max Eilerson

For 1) use the exponential notation for cos x, then integrate. You can do it by integration by parts twice, then use 'the trick' but that would be pretty messy.