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Linday12

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## Homework Statement

I'm confused about integrating something like [tex]\int[/tex][tex]\frac{1}{u}[/tex]

Sometimes the answer seems to be ln|u| and sometimes just ln(u), and I wasn't sure why it is different from problem to problem. (after subbing u back in; I'm using the u-sub method)

It looks like the answer should be very straight forward as I can't find an explanation, so I'm not seeing something. My only guess would be that the absolute value symbols are used only if a negative value of x could give a negative value for u when subbing back in, making the ln(blah) undefined (for my course anyways). Is this about right? Thanks.

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