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Question 09 

For any real number , define . Find the minimum value of . 
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We can consider as a constant inside the integral 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. First we solve the integral considering as a constant: The first integral in the sum is Now we solve by parts letting and so that and . Hence The last integral in the sum is: So The derivative is directly computed to be: Which is zero at . To make sure it is a minimum we use the second derivative test. The second derivative is: Which is always positive (Remember that ). This means is the minimum for . Plugging in this value gives 
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