# Solution for cos^3 x dx.

#### PrudensOptimus

OK, I know the solution for cos^3 x dx is sinx - sin^3 x / 3 + C.

And that

you basically solve

integral of cosx*(1-sin^2x) dx. to get it.

but,...

what I don't get is how do you solve cosx*(1-sin^x) dx... is there a trick that I didn't get from the parts formula?

#### Hurkyl

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It would help if you mentioned you're trying to integrate!

Distribute the multiplication and see if that gives you any hints.

#### HallsofIvy

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Yes, one doesn't normally say "solve f(x)dx"!

Hurkyl, I don't see any reason to "distribute" (multiply out) anything. There is an obvious substitution for &int;(1- sin2(x))cos(x)dx.

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Good point.

#### Hurkyl

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But, I presume, you know substitution?

#### PrudensOptimus

Nope, any products in Integrals other than those constants are new to me.

#### Hurkyl

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E.G. would you know how to integrate &int; sin(&pi;x) dx

#### PrudensOptimus

but I don't know the part when they did the dx = dv(ax) part... that confuzed me.

#### ShawnD

Ok well here's how I worked it out

http://myfiles.dyndns.org/pictures/integrate1.jpg

I put a few steps together but you can still see what happened sort of.

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