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Homework Help: Integrate [itex]\int_0^1\frac{\sin(\pi x)}{1-x}dx[/itex]

  1. Jun 5, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    [itex]\int_0^1\frac{\sin(\pi x)}{1-x}dx[/itex]

    2. Relevant equations
    [itex]\int \frac{\sin (\pi x)}{1-x}=Si(\pi-\pi x)[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I was stuck on the above integral while solving an exercise, I found out earlier on Wolfram that this integral doesn't probably have an elementary antiderivative representation so I cannot just calculate it directly by Newton-Leibniz formula. Integration by parts is not very viable in this case also. Maybe this needs the notion of contour integration to be solved? Any idea guys?
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  3. Jun 5, 2013 #2


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    Have you tried expanding the denominator as a power series?
  4. Jun 5, 2013 #3
    Yeah, looks like it yielded some positive results finally , thanks very much for your help.
  5. Jun 5, 2013 #4
    Oh, I did expand the denominator as a power series and then integrate term by term by resulting series, but I can't proceed to the next step. The general formula for arbitrary k is too complicated for me.
  6. Jun 5, 2013 #5


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    Then stop with some finite power for an approximation.
  7. Jun 5, 2013 #6

    Ray Vickson

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    If you change variables to t = 1-x you will get the value of the integral as ##I = \text{Si}(\pi),## where
    [tex] \text{Si}(x) = \int_0^x \frac{\sin(t)}{t} \, dt.[/tex] You can very easily expand ##\sin(t)## in a power series and get a very straightforward series for ##\text{Si}(x)## in powers of x. That will give you a simple-enough series for I in powers of ##\pi##.
  8. Jun 5, 2013 #7
    Thank HallsofIvy.
    This seems like the most plausible way to handle that imo :biggrin:. Thanks.
  9. Jun 5, 2013 #8

    Ray Vickson

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    Numerical integration methods such as Simpson's rule should work well also.
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