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Re: Integratecrashes kernel
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*Subject*: [mg50768] Re: Integratecrashes kernel
*From*: "David W. Cantrell" <DWCantrell at sigmaxi.org>
*Date*: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:39:24 -0400 (EDT)
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Bill Rowe <readnewsciv at earthlink.net> wrote:
> On 9/18/04 at 5:48 AM, math5bug at lmm.jussieu.fr (B. Oudoli) wrote:
>
> >However, Integrate[x Cos[1. x], x]
> >crashes the kernel, and it's impossible to abort or interrupt the
> >calculation, which lasts forever.
> In this specific case
>
> Integrate[x Cos[a x],x]
>
> seems to work fine. So, you could do
>
> Integrate[x Cos[a x],x]/.a->1
Yes, it works fine in all but the a=0 case. Since 1. is clearly not close
to 0, I doubt that the comment below is related to the bug mentioned above,
but I hope it might be of some interest nonetheless.
The antiderivative given is Cos[a x]/a^2 + x Sin[a x]/a. Not only does this
misbehave _at_ a=0, it also misbehaves as a _approaches_ 0. But in fact an
antiderivative can be given which is correct for all nonzero a and which
also behaves as we would like in the limit as a->0:
(Cos[a x] - 1)/a^2 + x Sin[a x]/a
Of course, the difference between this antiderivative and the one given by
Mathematica is only a constant (with respect to x). But as a->0, its limit
is x^2/2, as it should be.
David Cantrell
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