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Topic: integrate problem
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Re: integrate problem
Posted: Apr 20, 2009 7:10 PM
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On Apr 20, 2009, at 3:39 AM, sean_incali@yahoo.com wrote:

> But the following gives the integral itself.
>
> Integrate[1/(s[t] + a), t]



As it should. This isn't a problem with Mathematica---it's a problem
with your understanding of integration.

>
>
> If the function that needs to be integrated w.r.t time is 1/(s[t] +
> a), how do I accomplish that?


You don't. At least, you don't without knowing the function s[t].
For example, if s[t] = t, the integral is Log[t + a], while if s[t] =
t^2, the integral is Arctan[t/Sqrt[a]]/Sqrt[a].

--Louis A. Talman
Department of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Metropolitan State College of Denver

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