# Integration Problem

nova1989
Trying to integrate:

((arcsin((x^2 + a) / (b*x))) - c) / x dx

where a, b, c are constants.

No success so far. I've tried integration by parts, but the resulting integral is more complex than the starting integral above!

The free Wolfram online integrator doesn't even read the syntax correctly!

Any assistance appreciated. It's been many years since I last looked at a problem like this.

nova

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Homework Helper
I doubt that there is a closed form solution in 'usual' functions.

Homework Helper
Mathematica gives something like
$$-\frac{\sin ^{-1}\left(x^2+a\right)}{b x}-\frac{2 i \sqrt{\frac{x^2}{a-1}+1} \sqrt{\frac{x^2}{a+1}+1} F\left(i \sinh ^{-1}\left(\sqrt{\frac{1}{a+1}} x\right)|\frac{a+1}{a-1}\right)}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{a+1}} b \sqrt{-\left(x^2+a-1\right) \left(x^2+a+1\right)}}-c \log (x)$$
where $F(\phi, m)$ is some elliptic integral "of the first kind".

In short, I share CRGreathouse's doubts ssd
I believe it does not have a solution in terms of simple functions.

nova1989
Many thanks to everyone for the replies. Seems I'm out of luck for a closed form solution.

However, if you do think of a possible solution at some point, I would be most grateful for your advice.

Best regards.