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Integration of a function involving two variables with respect to one of those variables.

  1. Nov 15, 2014 #1
    How do you evaluate an integral such as:
    \begin{equation}
    \int_0^\frac{\pi}{2} \frac{1}{y+cosx} \, dx
    \end{equation}
    I was thinking whether to treat y as a constant and then integrate as such and be left with an arbitrary constant that is a function of y. This constant, f(y), should then disappear when evaluating the definite integral...?
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2014 #2

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    That depends on what you want to find out. Does y have some fixed relationship to x?
    Usually, y will be a constant, and the definite integral will still depend on y in the same way the integral will give different results if you replace y by different real numbers.
     
  4. Nov 15, 2014 #3
    I’ve attached my attempt at the question. Just wanted to know what you think? I’ve got a definite integral that is a function of y, I(y), and have used the substitution t=tan(x/2).
     

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