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Homework Help: Simple integration based on chain rule

  1. Oct 10, 2006 #1
    I think I've got this, but I'm not quite sure, especially about multiplying to get du to be what I want. Can someone please tell me if this is correct? (The first line is the problem.) Thanks!

    I set [tex]u=2x^2+3, du=4x[/tex] so the problem becomes
    [tex]\int u^{-\frac{1}{3}}(\frac{3}{4})(\frac{4}{3})3xdx[/tex]
    rearranging the constants gives the much nicer equation
    [tex]\frac{3}{4}\int u^{-\frac{1}{3}}du[/tex]
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2006
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  3. Oct 10, 2006 #2


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    Correct. Just one detail, though: du = 4xdx, but you probably just let it out by mistake, since the solution is correct.
  4. Oct 10, 2006 #3


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    The best way to check your work is to just take the derivative, and see if it matches what you integrated in the first place
  5. Oct 10, 2006 #4
    Thank you very much!
    I can now happily continue my four sections of calc homework that I wisely saved for long lazy days...
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