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Find integral from 0 to 2 of:

X2

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X2 - 2X + 2

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Is this homework?

If so, what have you done so far to try to solve this?

I can give you a hint if you are really stuck.

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No, it isn't some assignment - I'm a teacher trying to stay on top of it; but -as everyone knows - I'm also victim of the same conspiracy of the churches oppressing & smearing the rock & rollers for decades, & this makes it so that I don't always have any professor or fellow colleague I can bounce thing off of. I've tried integration by parts, substitution (symbolic), partial fractions integration; I also tried completing the square - & there may be something going in that direction. I already solved another similar problem, finding the integral of

X

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X2 - 2X + 2

Any instruction from the "Expert" would be awesome!

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The method I would use in this example us to think about the derivative of the log of your deniminator. You see that this is almost what you are looking for. But you can then make a simple 'correction' to get the indefinite integral you require (trying adding 1 as this correction)

You can then substitute in the value 0 and 2 to get your definite integral.

P.S. You can always check the answer using Wolfram Alpha.

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• 3 weeks later...

I used the following:-

$\int \frac{x^2}{x^2-2x+2} dx = \int \frac{x^2-2x+2+2x-2}{x^2-2x+2} dx = \int 1+\frac{2x-2}{x^2-2x+2} dx$

Then the integration of the fraction is straightforward as the top is the derivative of the bottom.

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• 5 months later...

$\int\limits^2_0 \dfrac{x^2}{x^2-2x+2} dx$

$=\int\limits^2_0 \dfrac{x^2-2x+2+2x-2}{x^2-2x+2} dx$

$=\int\limits^2_0 1+ \dfrac{2x-2}{x^2-2x+2} dx$

$=\int\limits^2_0 dx+\int\limits^2_0 \dfrac{2x-2}{x^2-2x+2} dx$

Let $t=x^2-2x+2$

$dt=(2x-2)dx$

$=\bigg[x\bigg]^2_0+\int\limits^2_0\dfrac{dt}{t}$

$=2+\bigg[\ln\,t\bigg]^2_0\;\;\implies\bigg[\ln(x^2-2x+2)\bigg]^2_0$

$=2+\bigg[\ln\,2-\ln\,2\bigg]$

$=2+0=2$

Edited by deesuwalka

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