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Homework Help: What method of integration

  1. Apr 18, 2014 #1


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    what method should i use? i tried

    u = x - 4
    du = dx

    i can't continue. enlighten me please

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  3. Apr 18, 2014 #2


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    It looks like a pretty tedious partial fraction expansion.
  4. Apr 18, 2014 #3


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    That works. Keep in mind that if u = x -4, then x = u + 4. Replace x and dx in the integral with what you have for u and du, and you'll get an integral that's easy to work with.

    An ordinary substitution will do the trick.
  5. Apr 18, 2014 #4


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    It is neither tedious nor particularly helpful.

  6. Apr 18, 2014 #5
    This is quite efficient to compute the integral. ;)
  7. Apr 18, 2014 #6
    What do you mean?
  8. Apr 18, 2014 #7


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    He means it is easy.
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