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Integrate 1/(1+e^x)

  1. Jul 1, 2003 #1
    need to integrate 1/(1+e^x)

    by using th rule 1/(ax+b) = (1/a)ln(ax+b)+c

    i got (1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c

    that is correct is it not?
    because if i now differentiate that, i get 1/(1+e^x)..which is what we start with.

    I am damn sure this is right, but its causing some arguments.
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  3. Jul 1, 2003 #2
    Re: Integration

    let y=(1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c
    dy/dx = 1/(1+ex) - 1/exln(1+ex)
    You forgot the chain rule here. So the answer isn't (1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c

    To tackle this question, we need a substitution.

    I think the answer should be ln(ex/(ex+1)) + C

    We can't use the rule 1/(ax+b) = (1/a)ln(ax+b)+c because a is a constant while ex isn't.
  4. Jul 1, 2003 #3
    What level maths is this?
  5. Jul 1, 2003 #4
    I've found this problem really hard.
    Here's the answer I got.

    Using a substution and intergration by parts (kinda)
  6. Jul 1, 2003 #5
    I don't think we need to use integration by parts in this question, and I'm pretty sure I got the correct answer. Also, I tried to use intergration by parts but I think it makes the problem worse. I tried to differentiate your answer but it seems that it isn't right. Could you please show your working?

    Edit: Dave, I started to think I may have offended you in some respect in this post, but I didn't mean to. I'm too used to formal writing and English isn't my first language, and that's why I may sound stiff. I apologize if I did offend you.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2003
  7. Jul 2, 2003 #6
    Under the education sysytem in my country, we learn simple calculus in grade 10 and 11, and we learn harder(much harder than that in grade 10 and 11) calculus in grade 12 and 13.
  8. Jul 2, 2003 #7
    No Offense detected. I'll try again on this and see If I get another answer...
    Yes, I By parts does make it horrible!
    some series solution!
  9. Jul 2, 2003 #8
    i used the rule

    1/(ax+b) = (1/a)ln(ax+b)+c

    where a in (1/a) is the derivative of (ax+b)

    thus the derivative of (1+e^x) is e^x

    so i got (1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c

    the rule for differentiating that is

    a ln f(x) = (a * f'(x))/(f(x))

    so from my

    = 1/(1+e^x) which is our original function.

    KL Kam: we dont need to use the chain rule to differentiate...

    this question is proving to be quite difficult..i havnt come accross one like it in my studies..
  10. Jul 2, 2003 #9
    In fact, we can't use this formula, 1/(ax+b) = (1/a)ln(ax+b)+c in your question.

    [inte]1/(ax+b)dx = (1/a)ln(ax+b)+c
    In the above formula, a, b and c are constants.

    For example
    [inte] 1/(3x+5) dx = 1/3 ln(3x+5) + C
    Please keep in mind that a and b must be constants in order to apply this formula.

    However in your question : [inte]1/(1+ex)dx
    ex isn't a constant and x is the variable, that's why we can't use the forumla.

    Up to now, can you follow?

    This is not correct. Mathematics tells us we need to use chain rule to do the above differentiation.

    Do you know chain rule? Please read my first post again to see if you understand what I've posted. Also, I've posted a standard way to do [inte]1/(1+ex)dx, see if you understand.

    In order to do your question, we need to know what ex is and how to differentiate it, chain rule, partial fraction and method of substitution.

    By the way, be careful when you are using formulae. You must know what the symbols in the formula mean.

    Is this question in your textbook or are you teaching yourself calculus? I've studied calculus for 3 years and I learnt it only a few months ago. (But I'm sure what I've posted here is correct)
  11. Jul 2, 2003 #10

    Tom Mattson

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    Re: Integration

    You can't use that rule. ex+1 is not a linear function.

    i got (1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c

    No, you don't get what you started with.



    That's not what you started with.

    Here's what I would do.


    let u=ex+1-->x=ln(u-1)
    so du=exdx=eln(u-1)dx=(u-1)dx
    or du/(u-1)=dx

    Put it in the integral:


    Solve by partial fractions. Give that a shot and see what you come up with.

    edit: fixed integral signs

    another edit: FYI, I just worked it out, and got the right answer.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2003
  12. Jul 2, 2003 #11
    i use the chain rule when we have a function like this


    where i would get 6 * 3 * 6x * (3x+5)^5
    = 108x(3x+5)^5
    i dont see how it applies to (1/e^x)ln(1+e^x)+c

    to differentiate a logaritmhic function i was told to use the rule
    aln(f(x)) = (a * f'(x))/f(x)
    if the funtion inside the logarithm was to the power of something..then i would use the chainrule.

    i can see that (ax+b) is different to (1+e^x) but i was working on the grounds that we just take the deriviative of the function in the brackets.

    This is not a question i was given at school, it was a question a friend gave me and we have had quite a large discussion over what it the answer. I have never done and questions like this before...and am on holidays so i cant check with my teacher at school.

    the closest i ever got to that type of question was -1/(e^2x) which = 1/(2e^2x)

    which..when i think about it doesnt equal a logarithmic function :p

    Well..its awfully hard to have it explained to you over the internet..and even harder since i never tackled one of these questions before.
  13. Jul 3, 2003 #12

    Tom Mattson

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    I used both the chain rule and the product rule.

    You are taking the derivative of a product of functions:


    If you identify g(x)=e-x and h(x)=ln(1+ex), then you have f(x)=g(x)*h(x), which is a product of functions.

    But why would you think that you can use the rule for the antiderivative of (ax+b)-1 to get the antiderivative of (1+ex)-1? They're clearly different.
  14. Jul 4, 2003 #13

    The easiest method to integrate I=[inte] 1/(1+e^x) dx is the substitution method.

    Let ex=t --->

    x=ln t


    I=[inte] 1/(1+e^x) dx = [inte] [(1/(t+1)*(1/t)] dt

    I=[inte] {(1/t)-[1/(t+1)]} dt

    I=ln(t)-ln(t+1)=ln( ex)-ln( ex+1)

    I=ln[ex/( ex+1)]+C

    [edit to add] I've just observed that Tom has already solved this problem using a very similar substitution.Sorry...Anyway I have the confirmation that this type of integral sign [inte] works :-)...
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2003
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