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Integrate by substitution

  1. May 12, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The problem states: Use substitution to solve:


    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I used the substitution of v=x+y

    resulting in the answer y=[3(x-C)]^(1/3) - x

    but I'm not too sure that's right

    Can some help with the answer and the steps for getting it. It's just for a practice test so I'm not graded on it.
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  3. May 12, 2009 #2


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    Show all of the steps you took to get the correct answer. If you made an error in any step, we could point it out then.
  4. May 12, 2009 #3


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    It looks like you got to [itex](x+y)^3=3x+C[/itex] correctly (you probably had -3C instead of +C but it makes no difference since both are just undetermined constants) ? ...If so, this is how you should leave your answer (unless you are given a point on the curve y(x)). The reason being is that there are actually three roots to this cubic equation, and [itex]y+x=\sqrt[3]{3x+C}[/itex] is only one of them.
  5. May 12, 2009 #4
    Great! So overall I got the problem right. Thanks.
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