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Homework Help: Integration of an inverse function

  1. Jan 8, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data


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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I can get to s certain point and I know I need to do substitution but, everytime I try a substitution it just creates a more difficult problem.


    I've tried substitution x^-1 for U and using (x+3)^-1 for dv but, none of it works. If someone could give me a gentle nudge it would be appreciated.

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  3. Jan 8, 2009 #2


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    This problem is an ideal candidate for the method of "partial fractions".

    Try decomposing [tex]\frac{1}{x(x+3)}[/tex] into the form [tex]\frac{A}{x}+\frac{B}{x+3}[/tex] where A and B are constants you need to determine.
  4. Jan 8, 2009 #3
    OH man so obvious. Your the man thank you so much. I havn't had a math class in over a year and now I'm taking diff eq. Bad idea you should definetly keep them all together.
  5. Jan 8, 2009 #4


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    And, when talking about functions, be careful to distinguish between "reciprocal" and "inverse" functions!
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