## whatisthequestion 2 years ago Evaluate the integral. The integral will be entered below. The title of this section is Intergration of Rational Fractions by Partial Fractions

1. whatisthequestion

$\int\limits_{}^{}\frac{ x^2-x+6 }{ x^3+3x }dx$

2. whatisthequestion

@zepdrix does this one only simplify down to $\int\limits_{}^{}\frac{ x^2-x+6 }{ x(x^2+3) }dx$ or am I making a silly mistake somewhere again. If that is as far as it factors down does the (x^2+3) change anything?

3. zepdrix

$\large \frac{x^2-x+6}{x(x^2+3}\qquad = \qquad \frac{A}{x}+\color{royalblue}{\frac{Bx+C}{x^2+3}}$ With partial fractions, you're top part will be one degree less than the bottom. See how the first fraction is a constant over x^1? Our second fraction will be linear on top, since the bottom is a quadratic.

4. zepdrix

You could factor the $$\large x^2+3$$ into complex conjugates. But I think that would get kinda messy :) Definitely not worth the effort.

5. whatisthequestion

okay so then its $x^2-x+6=A(x^2+3)+Bx(x)+C(x)$

6. zepdrix

Looks good c:

7. whatisthequestion

could you quickly remind me what a complex conjugate is though? It sounds familiar but I don't know for sure if I have used them before.

8. zepdrix

The difference of squares can be broken into conjugates right? $$\large x^2-a^2 \qquad = \qquad (x-a)(x+a)$$ The sum of squares produces complex conjgates. It might become relevant if you take differential equations, or complex analysis (I dunno, I haven't gotten that far yet myself). $$\large x^2+a^2 \qquad = \qquad (x+ai)(x-ai)$$

9. whatisthequestion

Okay thats the high level stuff my professor randomly talked about the other day then said we didn't need to know about. I knew it sounded familiar.

10. zepdrix

Ah I see :)