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Homework Help: Integration Techniques - Trigonometric Function Substitutions - cis(x)

  1. Aug 21, 2011 #1

    I was wondering, just out of curiosity, what family of integrands can be evaluated by making a cis(x) substitution, cis(x)=cos(x)+isin(x), I can't seem to find any examples or anything at all and was wondering if someone could provide an example or inform of how to make such substitutions.
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  3. Aug 21, 2011 #2

    Gib Z

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    There isn't really a protypical situation to use [tex] u = \cos x + i \sin x [/tex] like there are for other substitution, eg trying [itex] t=\tan x [/itex] if one sees [tex] \sqrt{1+t^2} [/tex] in the integrand. Thing will become for clear when you learn that this mysterious function cis(x) is actually just [tex] e^{ix} [/tex] and all the rules you've learned about exponentials before will apply again.
  4. Aug 21, 2011 #3
    Ya I understand and am familiar with the function. The only problem is that I can't think of a situation period in which I could make such a substitution, nor can I find any examples of when I could do so.
  5. Aug 21, 2011 #4
    Actually, I remember reading something relevant to this in J. Nearing's Mathematical Tools for Physics. Consider:

    [tex]\int cos(ax)e^{bx}dx + i \int sin(ax)e^{bx}dx[/tex]

    Then by adding integrands:

    [tex]\int e^{bx}[cos(ax) + i \, sin(ax)]dx[/tex]

    Here we make the substitution [itex]cos(ax) + i \, sin(ax) = cis(ax) = e^{i(ax)}[/itex]

    [tex]\int e^{bx} e^{iax} dx[/tex]
    [tex]\int e^{(b + ia)x} dx[/tex]

    Now the integral is extremely easy. After evaluation, one can consider the real and imaginary parts to obtain [itex]\int cos(ax)e^{bx}dx[/itex] and [itex]\int sin(ax)e^{bx}dx[/itex] without integrating by parts even once!

    Try finding that in a Biology textbook.
  6. Aug 21, 2011 #5
    Hmm... Very interesting. Thanks. That's a great integration technique.
  7. Aug 21, 2011 #6
    Don't spread it around too much :wink:
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