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APM3462012 => APM346 Math => Misc Math => Topic started by: Thomas Nutz on September 27, 2012, 04:23:33 PM

Hello,
I was going through the 6. lecture notes, where in the end an example is brought up that leads to an integral
$$\frac{1}{4}\int_0^tcos(t')(cos(xct+ct')cos(x+ctct'))dt'$$
I was trying to do that integral, but the only way that I could do it was to write out the cosines as complex exponentials, which lead me to eight terms in the end... Is there a cleverer way to do this integral?
Thanks!

Hello,
I was going through the 6. lecture notes, where in the end an example is brought up that leads to an integral
$$I=\frac{1}{4}\int_0^t\cos(t')\bigl(\cos(xct+ct')\cos(x+ctct')\bigr)dt'$$
I was trying to do that integral, but the only way that I could do it was to write out the cosines as complex exponentials, which lead me to eight terms in the end... Is there a cleverer way to do this integral?
Thanks!
In this example $c=2$ helps a bit but you could sea; without it.
The 1st line > 2nd (just integration) > 3rd (formula $\cos (\alpha)\cos (\beta)=
2\sin \bigl((\beta+\alpha)/2\bigr)\cdot \sin \bigl((\beta\alpha)/2\bigr)$ and we ge the 4th line.
Then formula $2\sin( \alpha) \cdot \cos(\beta)=\sin (\alpha+\beta)+\sin (\alpha\beta)$ and integration.