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  • Subject: [mg95972] Re: [mg95952] integration
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 01:13:32 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst
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  • Reply-to: murray at

Both answers -- yours and the Wolfram Mathematica Online Integrator's -- 
are correct.  If you take the derivative of both, you'll see they are 
the same at least when b > 0, and at least for some domain of values of x.

t.p.nixon at wrote:
> Hi, I don't use mathematica but the other day I wanted to solve an
> integral and I'm out of practice so I went on-line to a mathematica
> based integrator.
> I typed in 1/sqrt(x^2-b^2) this should have an integral of cosh^-1(x/
> b).  Ok, so it didn't recognize cosh but its answer was (I think)
> wrong.  it comes back with ln(x+sqrt(x^2-b^2)) it seems to have
> overlooked a quotient of b in the log.
> Is this a general problem with mathematica or just the on-line version
> or is it me?

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