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Re: Simple but difficult integral ? Help ..!??

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  • Subject: [mg13920] Re: [mg13902] Simple but difficult integral ? Help ..!??
  • From: BobHanlon at
  • Date: Mon, 7 Sep 1998 01:22:45 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


Integrate[Sqrt[1 + Sin[x]^2], x]

EllipticE[x, -1]

This is the elliptical integral (EllipticE) of the second kind.  The x
in the output represents the unspecified upper limit of the implied
definite integral.

Integrate[Sqrt[1 + Sin[t]^2], {t, 0, x}]

EllipticE[x, -1]

If the upper limit is Pi/2 then this is the complete elliptic integral.

Integrate[Sqrt[1 + Sin[x]^2], {x, 0, Pi/2}]


More generally,

Integrate[Sqrt[1 - m Sin[t]^2], {t, 0, x}]

EllipticE[x, m]

Integrate[Sqrt[1 - m Sin[t]^2], {t, 0, Pi/2}]


Bob Hanlon

In a message dated 9/6/98 7:34:38 AM, derijken at wrote:

>I need some help with the following intrgral
>Int ( sqrt ( 1 + (sin[x])^2  )) dx.

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