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Homework Help: Integral of a product of three functions?

  1. Aug 25, 2009 #1
    Hello there,

    I've been battling through my books and searching the web, but nothing seems to give me any ideas on how to tackle this beast bellow:

    [tex]\int_{-\pi }^{\pi } e^{-x^{2}} \sqrt{x^{4}+1} sin x dx [/tex]

    This is a reasonably desperate call for any information or literature anyone might know of. If you know of anywhere with material on this or even which techniques I should be looking into it'd be much appreciated!

    D =]
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  3. Aug 25, 2009 #2


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    Big hint of the day, when encountering these type of definite integrals with the limit from -a to a, one should immediately check to see if the given function is even, or odd. :devil:

    Can you go from here? :)


    EDIT: Oh, and btw, this thread shouldn't belong to Introductory Physics board.. =.="
  4. Aug 25, 2009 #3
    Uh.. is it odd? *crosses fingers* so it's zero?

    You might have guessed I'm new here, where should this question go?
  5. Aug 25, 2009 #4


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    for an odd function f(-x)=-f(x) and an even function f(-x)=f(x)

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  6. Aug 25, 2009 #5


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    Yes, it is. It's 0.

    Let f(x) be a continuous function on the interval (-a, a).

    If f(x) is odd then:

    [tex]\int_{-a} ^ a f(x) = 0[/tex]

    And if f(x) is even then:

    [tex]\int_{-a} ^ a f(x) = 2 \int_0 ^ a f(x)[/tex]

    You can use a simple u-substitution to prove both of them. Pretty easy, just give it a try if you want. :)
  7. Aug 26, 2009 #6
    Thank you both very much! You have saved me a lot of misguided scribbling =]
  8. Aug 26, 2009 #7


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    By the way, there's no indefinite integral for that function:

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