1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Apply saddle point approximation to the following integral: I = ∫0∞xe-ax-b/√xdx a,b > 0 Recall that to derive Stirling formula from the Euler integral in class we required N >> 1. For the integral defined above, identify in terms of a and b appropriate parameter that justifies the use of the saddle point approximation. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution In class, my teacher worked through a simpler problem for the integral xne-x, and started by finding out the maximum x0=n. Trying to follow my teachers example, I changed the integral to eln(x) - ax - b/√x and looked at the limits. I set f(x) = ln(x) - ax - b/√x, so that as x→∞, f(x)→-∞ and is almost linear, and as x→0, f(x) depends on ln(x) - b/√x. I guess my issue is I'm not really sure how to determine the parameters. My intuition tells me that a<x0<b, but I don't know how to show this, or if that's even what is asked of me. I tried to take the derivative of f(x) to determine x0 and came up with f'(0) = (1/x)-a-(b/2)*x-3/2 = 0, which isn't making this easier on me. Am I on the right track or am I completely missing the obvious here?