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**Anthony Lahmann****Member**- Registered: 2019-04-25
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I will integrate 1/sqrt(1-x^2) by u-substitution. Here's how I did it:

After we did the u-substitution, we end up with the exact same integral, but with a negative in the front. What happened?

*EDIT 1: As bob bundy pointed out, there may be something wrong with this. I double checked, and it turns out nothing is wrong.*

*Last edited by Anthony Lahmann (2019-05-13 12:36:59)*

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Anthony Lahmann

Welcome to the forum.

According to Wolfram Alpha, this is sin-1(x) and the second is -sin-1(x). So there's a sign error in there somewhere. I'll try to track it down later.

Bob

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Anthony Lahmann wrote:

I will integrate 1/sqrt(1-x^2) by u-substitution. Here's how I did it:

After we did the u-substitution, we end up with the exact same integral, but with a negative in the front. What happened?

Your issue is here:

The correct implication is:

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**Anthony Lahmann****Member**- Registered: 2019-04-25
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bob bundy wrote:

hi Anthony Lahmann

Welcome to the forum.

According to Wolfram Alpha, this is sin-1(x) and the second is -sin-1(x). So there's a sign error in there somewhere. I'll try to track it down later.

Bob

There is nothing wrong with this! I differentiated the u correctly, and I solved for x correctly.

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**George,Y****Member**- Registered: 2006-03-12
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Anthony Lahmann wrote:

There is nothing wrong with this! I differentiated the u correctly, and I solved for x correctly.

the last change of u to x is your mistake.

**X'(y-Xβ)=0**

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**Alg Num Theory****Member**- Registered: 2017-11-24
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bob bundy wrote:

According to Wolfram Alpha, this is sin-1(x) and the second is -sin-1(x).

Funny – I wonder why it didn’t give the second one as cos⁻¹(*x*).

If you integrate correctly, you should get:

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If you think the results are strange, remember the identity:

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Also when you integrate, do not forget to include an arbitrary constant.

Me, or the ugly man, whatever (3,3,6)

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