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Homework Help: Very complicated formula

  1. Sep 10, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The problem occurred when solving [tex] x'' - \frac{1}{x^2} = 0 [/tex].
    You can think of this as if there is a mass in the origin (M) and a small particle (m << M) is being pulled by this mass.

    Daniel helped me to solve this diff. eq. and we are at

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]\frac{1}{2} (x')^2 + \frac{1}{x} = C[/tex] where C is a constant.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I asked Mathematica to solve [tex] \int \frac{dx}{2\sqrt{C-1/x}} [/tex]. It gives me some very complicated formula which isn't too handy. At first, this problem seemed to me a trivial exercise, but now I realize that this may not be an easy one. I hope somebody can help. Thank you very much in advance!!!
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2007
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 10, 2007 #2
    I know there's a formula to solve integrals of the form 1/sqrt(a^2-x^2) but I'm not sure if holds for complex numbers.

    if integration is about the same for complex numbers then you can try getting it in the form of the derivative of arcsin x.
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