Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH101/April 2011/Question 04 (a)
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Question 04 (a) 

Evaluate the integral (hint: put ). 
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Hint 1 

If , then . 
Hint 2 

Use partial fractions. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Set the following change of variable then we have and so Making this substitution in the integral gives Now we use the method of partial fractions. We have We want to find numbers and such that Multiplying both sides by yields Equating coefficients of powers of on both sides gives From the first of these equations we see that . So the second equation becomes Hence and . Therefore, we have Using this to rewrite the last integral above, we find 
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