Integration by Parts

Integration by Parts

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A Guide to Integration by Parts

Integration is a fundamental concept in mathematics, but it can be challenging to find an explicit function for direct integration. In such cases, an integration method such as integration by parts is necessary. This method is particularly useful for integrals of two functions multiplied together. However, it should only be used as a last resort after exploring other options. With practice, one can develop an intuition for when to apply integration by parts.

Integration by parts can be thought of as the opposite of the product rule for differentiation. Formally, for an integral of two functions, f and g', multiplied together, we can express it as:We can also write this as:In simpler terms, the derivative of f gives the function f'. This viewpoint makes integration by parts easier to understand and use.

As mentioned, integration by parts is the inverse of differentiation using the product rule. So, we can start from there and rearrange to get the formula for integration by parts:∫ f'(x) g(x) dx = ∫ (f(x) g(x))' dx - ∫ g'(x) f(x) dx.Breaking this down further, we get:f'(x) g(x) = (f(x) g(x))' - g'(x) f(x),and integrating both sides with respect to x gives us:∫ f'(x) g(x) dx = f(x) g(x) - ∫ g(x) f'(x) dx.This leaves us with the final formula for integration by parts:∫ f(x) g'(x) dx = f(x) g(x) - ∫ g(x) f'(x) dx.

A Step-by-Step Method for Integration by Parts

Follow these steps to integrate by parts effectively:

  • Identify the two functions and determine which one to integrate and which one to differentiate.
  • Label the integrand as u and the function to integrate as v'.
  • Find u' and v using u and v'.
  • Plug in these values into the formula and compute any further integrals.

Let's apply this method to an example: finding the integral of x ln(x) dx using integration by parts. We first identify u = ln(x) and v' = x, which means u' = 1/x and v = 1/2 x². Substituting these values into the formula, we get:

∫ x ln(x) dx = x (ln(x)) - ∫ 1/2 x² (1/x) dx

Simplifying this, we get the final result of:

∫ x ln(x) dx = x ln(x) - ∫ 1/2 x dx.

It is important to note that the constant of integration (+ C) should be added at the end for clarity and readability, as this is an indefinite integral.

Developing Intuition for Integration by Parts

To develop an intuition for when to use integration by parts, here are a few examples and cases to consider. Keep in mind that integration by parts can be applied multiple times, if necessary.

Integrating a Function Multiplied by Another Function

Suppose we want to integrate ∫ f^n (f(x)) dx, where f is integrable n+1 times. We can use integration by parts and repeat the process until all integrals are eliminated. For example, if f = sin(x) and n = 3, the process would look like this:

∫ sin^3 (x) dx = - sin^2 (x) cos (x) + ∫ 2 sin (x) cos^2 (x) dx= - sin^2 (x) cos (x) + cos^3 (x) + ∫ 2 cos^3 (x) dx

Integrating x cos(x) Using Integration by Parts

To integrate x cos(x), let u = x and v' = cos(x). This gives u' = 1 and v = sin(x). Plugging these values into the formula, we get:

∫ x cos(x) dx = x sin(x) - ∫ sin(x) dx.

Integrating ln(x) Using Integration by Parts

The integral of ln(x) is not obvious, but we can use a trick to solve it. First, we write ln(x) as 1 × ln(x). Then, we let u = ln(x) and v' = 1. This means u' = 1/x and v = x. Substituting these values into the formula, we get:

∫ ln(x) dx = x ln(x) - ∫ x (1/x) dx.= x ln(x) - x + C.

Dealing with Repeated Integrals

This is a rare case, but it may pop up in certain problems. For example, finding ∫ x e^x dx by integration by parts would look like this:

∫ x e^x dx = x e^x - ∫ e^x dx= x e^x - e^x + C.

Understanding Integration By Parts in Calculus

When dealing with integrals, it is crucial to assess the boundaries as normal protocol. This can be achieved by plugging in the values into the integration by parts formula and solving any remaining integrals.

Let's take a look at an example of how to perform integration by parts. We have two functions, u and v, where one is to be integrated and the other is to be differentiated. In this case, we can assign u as x and v' as sin(x), leading to u' = 1 and v = −cos(x). By substituting these values in the integration by parts formula, we can express the integral as f(x) = x and g(x) = −cos(x). This yields the final result of the integral as f(x)g(x) = −x⋅cos(x) + ∫ cos(x)dx. From here, the integral can be solved, and a constant of integration can be added to account for any additional constants that may have been included earlier.

In summary, integration by parts is a valuable tool in calculus that can simplify difficult integrals. It is essential to comprehend the formula and its appropriate use to avoid unnecessary complications.

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