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  • Subject: [mg10368] problem with Integrate
  • From: Alberto Ruiz <>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:10:02 -0500
  • Organization: University of Murcia, Spain

I have for Windows. Consider the function:

In:    f[x_,b_] := x^2 b Exp[b x] / (1+ Exp[b x])^2  

We can correctly obtain the integral:

In:    Integrate[f[x,b],{x,0,Infinity},Assumptions->{b>0}] Out:  

However, using a particular value for the parameter:

In:    Integrate[f[x,Sqrt[3]],{x,0,Infinity}] Out:   0

I think that it is wrong, since

In:    Pi^2/6/b^2 /. b->Sqrt[3] //N
Out:   0.548311

In:    NIntegrate[f[x,Sqrt[3]],{x,0,Infinity}] Out:   0.548311

Finally, if we try the following, The system takes  a long time to
answer and I must abort the evaluation:

In:    Integrate[f[x,1.73],{x,0,Infinity}]

Apparently, the above behavior happens when the parameter  b is
substituted by expressions including square roots that  cannot be
simplified, and when the integration limit is Infinity.
Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

Alberto Ruiz

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