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Using computer to solve integral

  1. Dec 7, 2005 #1
    I have attachted a word document with the integral on. Does anyone have a suitable suggestion on how to solve this?
     

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  3. Dec 7, 2005 #2
    Two things.
    1) Put this in the homework section, PLEASE!
    2) For some reason your doc won't open with AbiWord. Care to paste it here?
     
  4. Dec 8, 2005 #3
    Why not just use [tex]\LaTeX[/tex] ?
    ~:smile:
     
  5. Dec 9, 2005 #4

    dextercioby

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    Your integral is ugly enough not to be solved analytically. Since you're asked for an expression depending on "l" (and not for the antiderivative of the integrand), you could use a computer to see what it gives you.

    Daniel.
     
  6. Dec 9, 2005 #5
    Integral progress

    I have actually progressed with it now. The whole point was not to use a computer to solve it but to do it by hand.

    I am now stuck on this bit any ideas? oh the integral is with respect to dz
     

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  7. Dec 9, 2005 #6

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  8. Dec 11, 2005 #7

    Tom Mattson

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    Lisa,

    It might expedite matters if you typed out your problems using LaTeX. Click on the image below to see the code that was used to generate it (won't work if you have a pop-up blocker on).

    [tex]\int\frac{\cos(2z)}{1+2z}dz[/tex]

    Now I have two questions for you:

    1.) Is that integral supposed to be definite, or indefinite?

    2.) If it is definite, then are you familiar with the theory of residues? If it is indefinite, then I think you are doomed to either look it up in a table or use mathematical software.
     
  9. Dec 12, 2005 #8
    Integral

    its a definite integral with limits from 0 to L/2 where L is greater than 0.

    How would you suggest I proceed with solving it using residues

    Lisa
     
  10. Dec 13, 2005 #9

    Tom Mattson

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    Arrrgh...I was hoping that it went from [itex]-\infty[/itex] to [itex]\infty[/itex] because then a contour integral would be pretty straightforward, as your integrand only has one simple pole at [itex]z=-\frac{1}{2}[/itex].

    I'll have to hit the books and review how to handle this. In the mean time, follow the lead given by benorin.
     
  11. Dec 24, 2005 #10
    Integral

    Tom, did you get to talk to your math tutors?
     
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