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Homework Help: Make substitutions for W & K to be able to use integral table

  1. Dec 15, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find a substitution w and a constant k so that the integral x^5 e^(bx^2) dx can be written in the form kw^2 * e^(bw) dw, and evaluate the integral (answer may involve the constant b).

    2. Relevant equations

    Integral of x^2 e^bx dx = e^bx ((x^2 / b) - (2x/b^2) + (2/b^3) ) + C

    3. The attempt at a solution

    w = x^2, dw = 2xdx
    k = 1/2

    I would get: 2 * the integral of w^2 * e^dw. Using k = 1/2, I can get rid of the two, and would have:

    e^bw ((w^2 / b) - (wx/b^2) + (2/b^3) ) + C

    e^(b*x^2) ((x^4 / b) - (2x^2/b^2) + (2/b^3) ) + C

    Please let me know if and where I am off in my solution. Thanks.
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 15, 2014 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    You can find that out for yourself. If you differentiate your solution, you should get x5ebx2.
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