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Homework Help: Please help with numerical integration

  1. Aug 5, 2005 #1
    Im supposed to solve
    integral 10 to +infinity ((sin(1/x)/(1+x^3))dx with error precision of e=0.5*10^-4. Can someone please give me detailed explenation of solving this. (Supposedly by Simpson but i get lost in the way.

    P.S. sorry for bad spelling and lack of proper formula notions.
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  3. Aug 5, 2005 #2
    I process from integral i get
    1/3[ln((x+1)/sqrt(x^2-x+1))+sqrt(3)*arctg(2*sqrt(3)*x/3-sqrt(3)/3)] from M to +infinity <=1/4*10^-2

    than i get

    -ln((M+1)/(sqrt(M^2-M+1))) +sqrt(3)*(pi/2-arctg(2*sqrt(3)*M/3-sqrt(3)/3))<=7.5*10^-3

    and i cant find any exact solution to solve that
  4. Aug 5, 2005 #3


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    break the interval up
    use simpsons rule
    chose xn-1 large
    estimate the integral on each subinterval accurate enough so that total error is within limit
  5. Aug 5, 2005 #4
    Thanks, but i am totaly lost when i need to find int(xn-1,infinity). I try to make it lower than error estimate but i get either logaritmic inverse-trigonometric inequality as above or another insolvable integral.
  6. Aug 5, 2005 #5


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    Don't over think it
    [tex]|{\int_x^\infty \frac{\sin(\frac{1}{x})}{1+x^3}}|<\int_x^\infty \frac{1}{x^3}dx=\frac{1}{2x^2}[/tex]
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  7. Aug 5, 2005 #6
    Thank you very, very much. You are a life savior.
  8. Aug 5, 2005 #7
    Does someone who has Maple or Mathlab can give me aproximate solution of the integral, posiblly of int(10,45), and int(10,142). Error comarision goes to absurd. I get 3.3*10^-4 on pocket calculator for int(10,35). Simpson with above given boundries gives more than 10 times larger values.
  9. Aug 5, 2005 #8


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    [tex]\int_{10}^{45} \frac{Sin(1/x)}{1+x^3}dx\approx 0.000329176[/tex]

    [tex]\int_{10}^{142} \frac{Sin(1/x)}{1+x^3}dx\approx 0.000332717[/tex]

    As per Mathematica's NIntegrate.
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  10. Aug 6, 2005 #9


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    I don't know if you want to stay with the original integral or not. In any case a substitution will make this much easier.
    [tex]\int_{10}^\infty \frac{\sin(\frac{1}{x})}{1+x^2}dx=\int_0^\frac{1}{10}\frac{u\sin(u)}{1+u^3}du[/tex]
    then since x(sin(.1)/.1)<sin(x)<x for 0<x<.1
    The average of these yeild a good approximation.
    simpsons rule will meet the error tolerance
    where f(x)=x sin(x)/(1+x^3)
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  11. Aug 6, 2005 #10
    Thank. This afternoon i finaly finished the monster with int(10,150) by Simpson. Got aprox 0.000324. I cant realy believe its finished.
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