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Homework Help: Tricky Double integral .

  1. Nov 6, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    integral of 1/(1-xy)dxdy x's from 0 to 1 and y's from 0 to 1

    3. The attempt at a solution
    ok so the first integral gives -ln|1-y|/(y) after we evaluated the x's from 0 to 1
    but I am having trouble with integrating with respect to y .
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 6, 2009 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Did you use integration by parts for the integrand above? If so, are you getting something like
    [tex]\int \frac{dy}{y^2(1 - y)}[/tex]

    For an integrand like that you want to rewrite the expression as A/y + B/y2 + C/(1 - y). To do this, set 1/(y2(1 - y)) equal to A/y + B/y2 + C/(1 - y) and solve for A, B, and C. This equation has to be identically true for all y.

    BTW, since y ranges from 0 to 1, 1 - y is always nonnegative, so you don't need the absolute values around it.
  4. Nov 7, 2009 #3
    ok thanks
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