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Homework Help: Integral of 1/ln(x)

  1. Mar 26, 2008 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


    [tex]\int \frac{1}{lnx} dx[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Let [itex]t=lnx \Rightarrow \frac{dt}{dx}=\frac{1}{x} \Rightarrow dx=e^t dt[/itex]

    [tex]\int \frac{1}{lnx} dx \equiv \int \frac{e^t}{t} dt[/tex]

    and well

    [tex]e^t= \sum _{n=o} ^{\infty} \frac{t^n}{n!}[/tex]

    [tex]\frac{e^t}{t}=\sum _{n=o} ^{\infty} \frac{t^{n-1}}{n!}[/tex]

    [tex]\int \frac{e^t}{t}=\int \sum _{n=o} ^{\infty} \frac{t^{n-1}}{n!}[/tex]

    [tex]=\sum _{n=o} ^{\infty} \frac{t^{n}}{(n+1)!}[/tex]

    Is there any easier closed form solution for this?
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  3. Mar 26, 2008 #2
    That would be, I guess, the http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LogarithmicIntegral.html" [Broken].
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  4. Mar 26, 2008 #3
    Apparently it's.


    This seems a little unfair though unless you knew about such an integral?
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  5. Mar 26, 2008 #4


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    Nope,never even heard of it. But my usual way is, if you can't get it out directly, make a series and approximate and hopefully it might turn into something nicer.
  6. Mar 26, 2008 #5
    Probably but with the exponential integral and imaginary numbers there it will only be equivalent to the actual integral in a series. Although I think in that case they are asking you to show the series rather than the actual integral as it is in distinct maths language. Like to see how to do this, sorry but I have no idea, so can't help, I just thought the answer my maths program spat out was quite interesting, good luck.

    At least you know that the answer involves an exponentiation, and imaginary numbers I suppose.
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  7. Mar 26, 2008 #6


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    erm … [tex]=\sum _{n=o} ^{\infty} \frac{t^{n}}{n.n!}\,.[/tex] :smile:
  8. Mar 26, 2008 #7


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    Ah silly me...forgot that n-1+1 is n and not n+1..thanks
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