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Forcing functions

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  • Subject: [mg51006] Forcing functions
  • From: Barry Tesman <tesman at>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 04:48:48 -0400 (EDT)
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Can you "force" Mathematica to not use certain functions?  E.g., I
want to give my students some problems to antidifferentiate.  One
such problem is:

Integrate[ x * Sqrt[x^2 + 2x +4], x]

The answer uses arcsinh.  Can one force Mathematica to use natural
log instead?


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