Trigonometric integrals

  • #1
the two problems are
the integral of (sec^3x)(tan x)dx
and the integral of (sec^4x)(tan x)dx

will substitution work for both of these problems
 

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  • #2
Tide
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Why don't you just try substitution and see if it works?
 
  • #3
I did and I got an answer for both, but for some reason I think I should follow the rule and change the sec^4x to (tan+1)(sec^2x)

and you dont get the same answer when you do it like that

if you just strait substitute you get sec^7x/5
and if you change a sec^2x to 1+tan you get tan^4x/2
I think, thats if im even doing it right
 
  • #4
TD
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Replace tan(x) by sin(x)/cos(x) (bearing in mind that sec(x) = 1/cos(x)) and the substitution should be clear :smile:
 

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