# Integrating Trig

Ok, so we have

$\int_{0}^{1}\left(\sin{2x}*\cos{2x}\right)dx$

Using the double angle forumla we change the integrand

$(1/2)\int_{0}^{1}\left(2*\sin{2x}*\cos{2x}\right)dx$

which converts to

$(1/2)\int_{0}^{1}\left(\sin{4x}\right)dx$

This is where I run into trouble... I'm trying to use the formula
$\int\left(\sin{bx}\right)dx = (1/-b)\cos{bx}$

but my answers are not working. I'm thinking that it has something to do with the fact this is a deffinite integral... any help?

Thx

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MathGnome said:
Ok, so we have

$\int_{0}^{1}\left(\sin{2x}*\cos{2x}\right)dx$

Using the double angle forumla we change the integrand

$(1/2)\int_{0}^{1}\left(2*\sin{2x}*\cos{2x}\right)dx$

which converts to

$(1/2)\int_{0}^{1}\left(\sin{4x}\right)dx$

This is where I run into trouble... I'm trying to use the formula
$\int\left(\sin{bx}\right)dx = (1/-b)\cos{bx}$

but my answers are not working. I'm thinking that it has something to do with the fact this is a deffinite integral... any help?

Thx
How are you answers not working?

$$-\frac{1}{4}\cos{4x}\bigvert|_0^1$$

As long as you know the value of cos(0), you shouldn't have any trouble!

.... *sigh* I was so used to seeing a 0 and just subtracting by 0 that I forgot cos(0) is in fact NOT 0... Is it bad that I take shortcuts without even realizing I'm taking them?

EDIT: I meant WRONG shortcuts =)

HallsofIvy
To integrate $$\int_0^1 sin(2x)cos(2x)dx$$ just note that the sine and cosine are both to an odd exponent (1). Let u= sin(2x) so that du= 2 cos(2x)dx or (1/2)du= cos(2x)dx. When x= 0, u= sin(0)= 0, when x= 1, u= sin(2). The integral becomes
$$\frac{1}{2}\int_0^{sin(2)}udu$$
$$\frac{1}{4}u^2$$ evaluated between 0 and sin(2) and is
$$\frac{1}{4}sin^2(2)$$