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Homework Help: Wicked Substitution Integral

  1. Aug 29, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    (x+ln(x+sqrt(x^2-1)))^3 / (sqrt(x^2-1))

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have tried so many different things with this integral but cannot seem to get anywhere with it. Its almost so nicely an inverse coshx but not quite.

    Any help?
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  3. Aug 29, 2015 #2
    Have you tried MMa or Wolfram Alpha?
  4. Aug 29, 2015 #3

    Ray Vickson

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    Have you tried Maple?
  5. Aug 29, 2015 #4
    I have tried putting it in various forms into wolfram but returned nothing for step by step results. I tried taking the derivative of the said solution, but couldn't make any sense of it.
  6. Aug 29, 2015 #5


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    Try the substitution x=cosh(y).
  7. Aug 29, 2015 #6

    Thank you! This worked out quite nicely!

  8. Aug 29, 2015 #7


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    It makes sense that ehild's suggested substitution worked.

    After all: ##\ \text{arcosh} (x) = \ln \left(x + \sqrt{x^{2} - 1} \right); x \ge 1 \ ##
  9. Aug 30, 2015 #8


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    and AKJ1 has noticed it...
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