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Trigless integral?

  1. Oct 31, 2011 #1
    Is there a way to do this integral without substituting in sec?

    int sqr(x^2-1)

    Ive tried a bunch of things, but the only thing that works is using sec,

    Is there any other method?
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  3. Nov 1, 2011 #2


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    What's the problem with letting x = sec(θ) ?

    Well, you can alternatively use the substitution: x = cosh(t) → dx = sinh(t) dt .
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