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Question 03 (a) 

FullSolution Problem. Justify your answer and show all your work. Simplification of your answer is not required. Evaluate the following integral 
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Hint 1 

Can you rewrite the integrand in a way that will allow you to compute the integral? 
Hint 2 

Start by simplifying the integrand, then use partial fractions. 
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Solution 1 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. To begin with, let's simplify the integrand:
Next we use partial fractions to solve . Multiplying both sides by we obtain , and when we compare coefficients we find that , and hence . Therefore,

Solution 2 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Here is a longer, alternative solution that does not simplify the integrand first. Instead, we will use the method of partial fractions immediately. First, we will rewrite the integrand: We can now cancel a factor of , leaving: We have made a little progress. We have shown that We want to compute By the above computation, this integral is equal to which is equal to by basic properties of the integral. Now we can see why breaking the integrand up into pieces was helpful: the integral to the left of the "+" can be evaluated by making the substitution . Thus, Now we will have to use partial fractions to compute the next integral. This means we need to find constants A, B, and C to make the following equality true: Multiply both sides by to cancel the denominators, yielding Now we expand the right hand side. Now since we have an equality of polynomials, we know that their coefficients of and must be equal, as well as the constant coefficient. The polynomial on the left hand side has coefficient of and equal to zero, and constant coefficient equal to 4. Thus we get three equations: For the coefficient of : For the coefficient of : For the constant coefficient: Since A=4, we get from the coefficient equation that Thus, B=4. Now we can solve for C in the coefficient equation, Thus, C=4. Putting all of this together, we can conclude that So: We have succeeded in splitting up a difficult integral into three simpler ones! where are constants. Thus Finally, we are able to conclude that where the term comes from the integral we did at the very beginning. Notice two terms cancel out to get as our final answer 