# Partial Fraction Problem

1. Feb 25, 2014

### jdawg

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
∫(5x2+20x+6)/(x3+2x2+x

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
(5x2+20x+6)/(x3+(x(x2+2x+1)

(5x2+20x+6)=(A/x)+(B/(x+1))+(C/(x+1))

(5x2+20x+6)=x2(A+B+C)+x(2A+B+C)+A

5=A+B+C
20=2A+B+C
6=A

It's not coming out quite right. Did I maybe factor the denominator incorrectly?

2. Feb 25, 2014

### LCKurtz

You want$$\frac{5x^2+20x+6}{x(x+1)^2}=\frac A x + \frac{Bx+C}{(x+1)^2}$$

3. Feb 25, 2014

### jdawg

Ohh! But wouldn't you need one for x+1?:

A/x + (Bx+C)/(x+1)2 + (Dx+E)/(x+1)

4. Feb 25, 2014

### Dick

No, you only need three independent variables. You could write it as $$\frac A x + \frac{Bx+C}{(x+1)^2}$$ as LCKurtz did, or you could write it as $$\frac A x + \frac{B}{(x+1)^2}+\frac{C}{(x+1)}$$.

5. Feb 25, 2014

### jdawg

Oh ok! Thanks for clearing that up :)