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Homework Help: Integration problem

  1. Sep 12, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Integrate Cosx/1+sinx dx from 0 to pi/2. "The question does not assume knowledge of integration by parts."
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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Could it be found using the quotient rule?
    If not, is there any way of proving it without using integration by parts?

    Mod note: Edited this post by moving text, to comply with our rules about including an attempt.
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  3. Sep 12, 2015 #2


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    The quotient rule is for taking the derivative of the quotient of two functions. There is no quotient rule for integration as such.

    Since IBP is off limits, look at the relationship between cos (x) and (1 + sin (x)). Notice anything special?
  4. Sep 12, 2015 #3
    I assume you mean ##\frac{cos(x)}{1+ sin(x)} ##.
    Immediately I came up with this trick you might try.
    ##\frac{cos(x)}{1+ sin(x)}
    \frac{1 - sin(x)}{1 - sin(x)} = \frac{cos(x)(1+sin(x))}{(1-sin^2 x)} = ??##
    These integrals can be solved by substitution. Integration by parts is not necessary. There are essentially no general product or quotient rules for integrals besides integration by parts. But this particular integral can be solved with other techniques such as substitution.
  5. Sep 12, 2015 #4


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    This is much more complicated than just checking out the relationship between the cosine and (1 + sine).
  6. Sep 12, 2015 #5
    You are right. HermitOfThebes, ignore my post.
  7. Sep 12, 2015 #6


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    What's the derivative of sine?

    Can you see a neat substitution you could make?
  8. Sep 13, 2015 #7
    I know that sinx/1+cosx is tan(x/2). I can't quite see the relationship though.
  9. Sep 13, 2015 #8


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    What is [itex]\frac{d}{dx}(1 + \sin x)[/itex]?

    (Also, please use brackets: sin(x)/1 + cos(x) means [itex]\frac{\sin(x)}{1} + \cos(x)[/itex]. You want sin(x)/(1 + cos(x)).
  10. Sep 13, 2015 #9
    d/dx (1+sinx) = cosx. But why would I differentiate?
  11. Sep 13, 2015 #10
    nvm. I see what you're saying.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2015
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