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Is solving this possible with Calc 2?

  1. Nov 18, 2013 #1

    I'm teaching my self Calc 2 at the moment and made an equation that I want to integrate:

    [itex]\frac{1}{x*\phi^{1-cos(2*\pi*x)}}[/itex] (phi is just a really large constant)

    I'm not asking anyone to do it for me, but am curious if this is something I can even hope to be able to integrate with just Calc 2 in my tool set. I'm curious because I tried wolframalpha but it returned:

    (no result found in terms of standard mathematical functions)

    Should I be scared of this? :)
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 18, 2013 #2
    There is no solution in terms of elementary mathematical functions. So you won't find an explicit answer.
  4. Nov 18, 2013 #3
    Got it. I looked up nonelementary integrals, is it safe to say that the solution will likely involve an integral inside a function?
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