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Homework Help: [tex]\int \frac{x}{\left(x^2+z^2\right)^{3/2}} \, dx[/tex]

  1. Sep 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    [tex]\int \frac{1}{\left(x^2+z^2\right)^{3/2}} \, dx[/tex]

    I have been trying various u-substitutions for about 2 hours now, but I cannot seem to find a way to solve this by hand! I used mathematica to solve the problem. I feel like it will be fairly straightforward once I figure out what u should be, if u-sub is the way to go.

    This is for my electrodynamics course, and getting hung up on integrals is not helpful.

    I've tried:
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  3. Sep 13, 2009 #2


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    Have you tried a trig substitution....something like [itex]x=z\tan\theta[/itex] looks appropriate:wink:
  4. Sep 13, 2009 #3
    wow...never even crossed my mind to use trig substitution. In fact, I completely forgot that as a method. And its so useful! Thank you! I guess I ought to review calc 2 stuff from HS...

    Thanks again!
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