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Dr. Robert Kragler

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Re: Problem with change of variables in an integral =>
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 3:42 AM
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To David Park

first of all thank you for your reply as regards to the problem of change of
variables in an integral. I tried to reply already on Sept. 4 but my email
returned as undeliverable although the email address is correct. Somehow, my
email address must be on a "black mailing list" on Park's mail server?!

Thus, it may be a little bit unusual to reply to this private communication
through MathGroup but the problem is (and it occurred not the first time) that
all email replies to David Park directly return with a "Delivery Status
Notification (Failure). I hope that through MathGroup this email will be read by
David Park.

Robert Kragler

Am 04.09.2013 06:43, schrieb djmpark:
> Hi Robert,
> You could try the Presentations Student's Integral section. (Do you know
> what f is? It won't fully evaluate without knowing that.) In any case try:
> integrate[f[z], z]
> % // ChangeIntegralVariable[r -> z/ E^(I (2 \[Pi])/3), z,
> DirectSubstitution -> z -> r E^(I (2 \[Pi])/3)]
> David Park
> From: Dr. Robert Kragler []
> Hello,
> Although I know how to make a change of variables in an integral I can only
> do it manually by applying a substitution rule to the integrand and the
> differential e.g
> {f[z],\[DifferentialD]z}//. {z-> r E^(I
> \[Phi]),\[DifferentialD]z->E^(I \[Phi]) \[DifferentialD]r,\[Phi] ->
> (2\[Pi])/3}
> But it cannot applied this substitution rule directly to the integral, e.g.
> Integrate[f[z],{z,0,\[Infinity]}] //. {z-> r E^(I
> \[Phi]),\[DifferentialD]z->E^(I \[Phi]) \[DifferentialD]r,\[Phi] ->
> (2\[Pi])/3}
> Comparing with the correct result, the exponential factor E^((2 I \[Pi])/3)
> =
> (-1)^(2/3) is missing in the evaluation of the integral. The correct
> appearance of the integral is : Integrate[1/(1+r^3) E^((2 I
> \[Pi])/3),{r,0,\[Infinity]}]
> How can I force Mathematica (V8) to perform the correct transformation of
> variables as regards to the integral (and not to its separate parts of it as
> {f[z],\[DifferentialD]z} ?
> Any suggestions are appreciated.
> Robert Kragler
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