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Homework Help: Integral is it Partial Fraction

  1. Mar 14, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Evaluate the integral.

    2. Relevant equations
    [itex]\displaystyle\int_0^∞ {\frac{dv}{(1+v^2)(1+arctanv)}}[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i am not sure how to do partial fractions with an inverse trig function in the denominator.

    i tried v=arctanv so i could do a substitution, but that would be correct, and i don't know how using another variable would work such as z=arctanv.
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  3. Mar 14, 2013 #2
    The letter you use for your substitution does not have to be any special letter, as long as it doesn't confuse you. If you feel like it, write arctan(v) as z. However we now need to write the entire integral in terms of z and we need dz if we want to integrate it in this form. If z = arctan(v), then what is dz ? Is dz present in the integral ?
  4. Mar 14, 2013 #3


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    v=arctan(v) is nonsense. z=arctan(v) should work. Try it.
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