# Need help with simple improper integral

Hey guys, I was doing some homework problems and I ran into a problem regarding how to solve a certain improper integral.

$$\int e^{t*(b-s)}$$ evaluated from 0 to $$\infty$$

So I take the integral and get

$$\frac{\int e^{t*(b-s)}}{-(b-s)}$$ which evaluated from 0 to $$\infty$$

gives me 0 - $$\frac{1}{-(b-s)}$$

which is 1/(b-s)

The answer should be 1/(s-b). Can anyone help me figure out what I am messing up?

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Hey guys, I was doing some homework problems and I ran into a problem regarding how to solve a certain improper integral.

$$\int e^{t*(b-s)}$$ evaluated from 0 to $$\infty$$
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$$\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{(b-s)t}dt$$

Is this what you meant? (you didn't actually specify which variable you are integrating over)

So I take the integral and get

$$\frac{\int e^{(b-s)t}}{-(b-s)}$$ which evaluated from 0 to $$\infty$$
Surely you mean

$$\int_{0}^{\infty} e^{t*(b-s)}dt= \frac{e^{(b-s)t}}{(b-s)} {\left|}_{0}^{\infty}$$

right?

Also, are you told that $(b-s)<0$? If not, you will need to examine two different cases.

Thanks guys, I feel really stupid now. Earlier today I did a bunch of integrals where the sign on the power was negative and I think I ended up mixing up the what the integral of $$e^{at}$$ is.

Also thanks for the tip about Latex