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integrate e^x / x

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  1. anonymous
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    It has no elementary form

  2. anonymous
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    I was just curious if you could do it as a power series.. or is that just pushing it?

  3. anonymous
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    \[\sum_{0}^{\infty} x ^{n-1} \div n!\]

  4. anonymous
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    Then integrate

  5. anonymous
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    yeah, but that isn't an elementary form, ie. it can't be written as a finite sum of polynomials and special functions. You could use the infinite series to approximate it but it will never have a finite form.

  6. anonymous
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    Hmm alright, probably won't have to worry about it for the exam then :P

  7. anonymous
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    definitely not, but if you are interested it is a form of a special function called the exponential integral denoted Ei(x). Far more integrals are not solvable than are solvable, but i doubt you'll ever be given a problem without a solution in a basic calculus class.

  8. anonymous
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    MIT Prof Denis Auroux addresses the integral to this function in this lecture beginning about 42 mins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP_B0AapU0c&feature=BFa&list=PL4C4C8A7D06566F38&index=16

  9. anonymous
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    He is not integrating the function, he is changing the order of integration of a double integral. Just because you can rearrange in a double integral does not mean the inner integral is elementary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exponential_integral

  10. anonymous
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    I wasn't disputing your point. I was saying a very smart guy is talking about the same thing. :)

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