Integral Addition, Substitution & Product Rules
Integration is a good deal more complicated than differentiation and normally requires a number of attempts using alternative methods to find an acceptable solution along with a reasonable knowledge of standard integrals.
CalQlata has included a number of the basic integrals on this site but you will find a great deal more in reference document 19.
If you are having problems finding a solution using standard integration rules, why not try Simpson's Rule
The following table contains some rules and worked examples for integration.
Rules & Methods of Intergration
dy/dx = a.x^{n} |
dy = ∫a.x^{n}.dx |
dy/dx = u + v |
dy = ∫u.dx + ∫v.dx |
Trigonometric Functions |
A fairly straight-forward example of this integration procedure is provided below; Integrate ∫Sin³(x)/Cos²(x).dx ∫Sin(x).Sin²(x)/Cos²(x).dx |
Algebraic Substitution |
A fairly straight-forward example of this integration procedure is provided below; Integrate ∫x/(x+3)^{½}.dx If you set; u = (x+3)^{½}; then u² = x+3 or x = u²-3 Substituting: ... = 2.u³/3 - 2.3.u Reverse Substitution: |
Trigonometric Substitutions |
With practice you will get to see the best way to reorganise your formulas for ease of integration. To give you some idea of how to do this, see the following worked examples: Integrate ∫Sin²(x).dx Integrate ∫Sin(x).Cos(x).dx |
By Parts |
This method is based upon a reverse procedure for the differentiation 'Product Rule': If y = uv Example: Integrate ∫3x.Sin(x).dx As ∫u.dv = uv - ∫v.du {see above #} ∫3x.Sin(x).dx = 3∫Cos(x).dx - 3x.Cos(x) ∫3x.Sin(x).dx = 3.Sin(x) - 3x.Cos(x) |
Simpson's Rule
If you find that your integral is difficult to solve using normal methods of integration,
for example when calculating the arc length (ℓ) of an hyperbola using the universal hyperbolic formula; x²/a² - y²/b² = 1
you can always use Simpson's rule (also called the parabolic rule):
ℓ = δx/3 . Σ{ƒ(x₁) + 4.ƒ(x₁+δx) + 2.ƒ(x₁+2.δx) + 4.ƒ(x₁+3.δx)... + 4.ƒ(x₁+(n-1).δx) + ƒ(x₁+n.δx)}
note: the first and last terms in the series are not multiplied by '4' or '2' and the second and second to last terms in the series are always multiplied by '4'
e.g.: ℓ = ʃ(1 + b²/(a²-a⁴/x²))⁰˙⁵ is a painful integral to solve by normal integration Simpson's Rule may be applied as follows: 1) replace (1 + b²/(a²-a⁴/x²))⁰˙⁵ with ƒ(x) 2) select points x₁ and x₂ on your curve between which you need an arc length (ℓ) 3) divide this distance (x₂-x₁) by any even number (n) thus: δx = (x₂-x₁)/n 4) generate the following formula 5) replace each function term with the formula thus: e.g. So Simpson's version of the formula now looks like this: |
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which is easily solved The following two examples give you some idea of the errors you can expect with Simpson's Rule, dependent upon the number of terms (n) you use for your calculation |
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Example 1: ∫1/(x⁰˙⁵ + 2).dx = 2.(x⁰˙⁵ - 2.Ln(x⁰˙⁵ + 2)) |
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n | Simpson's Result | error |
6 | 0.71182177389969 | -3.971E-07 |
10 | 0.71182142888220 | -5.208E-08 |
30 | 0.71182137744831 | -6.469E-10 |
60 | 0.71182137684185 | -4.045E-11 |
500 | 0.71182137680140 | -5.662E-15 |
2000 | 0.71182137680140 | -4.552E-15 |
Example 2: ∫(b.x + c.x²)⁰˙⁵ / x³.dx = -2.((b.x + c.x²)³)⁰˙⁵ / 3.b.x³ |
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n | Simpson's Result | error |
6 | 0.61771478518934 | -4.47E-04 |
10 | 0.61733233858500 | -6.44E-05 |
30 | 0.61726874433157 | -8.47E-07 |
60 | 0.61726795080312 | -5.33E-08 |
500 | 0.61726789755672 | -1.11E-11 |
2000 | 0.61726789754573 | -8.82E-14 |
Further Reading
You will find further reading on this subject in reference publications^{(19)}