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Homework Help: Integration Overload

  1. Oct 17, 2008 #1
    I've been integrating simple variations of integrals (sine, natural logs, polynomials, etc) for almost a year now in calc 1 and half of calc 2 (2281/2282).

    The problem now is that I don't know where to start in a complicated integral. All these methods are running through my head and I can't figure out which one to use. I end up spending wayyyyyy too much time on one problem trying stuff and starting over when the derivative doesn't match up.

    Is there some structured approach to integration?
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  3. Oct 17, 2008 #2
    Hmmm... i think that besides those techinques that you have probbably learned already, the rest includes ingenuity, and the abbility to notice patterns.
  4. Oct 17, 2008 #3


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    You ought to post the problem here if you're looking for help. Sometimes it may be that the integral itself doesn't have a solution expressible in elementary form.
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