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7.8E: Exercises for Improper Integrals

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    Terms and Concepts

    1. The definite integral was defined with what two stipulations?

    2. If \(\displaystyle \lim_{b\to \infty}\int_0^b f(x)\,dx\) exists, then the integral \(\displaystyle \int_0^{\infty}f(x)\,dx\) is said to __________.

    3. If \(\displaystyle \int_1^{\infty} f(x)\,dx=10,\text{ and }0\le g(x)\le f(x)\) for all \(x\), then we know that \(\displaystyle \int_1^{\infty}g(x)\,dx\) ______.

    Problems

    In exercises 1 - 8, evaluate the following integrals. If the integral is not convergent, answer “It diverges.”

    1) \(\displaystyle ∫^4_2\frac{dx}{(x−3)^2}\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    2) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0\frac{1}{4+x^2}\,dx\)

    3) \(\displaystyle ∫^2_0\frac{1}{\sqrt{4−x^2}}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(\frac{π}{2}\)

    4) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{1}{x\ln x}\,dx\)

    5) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1xe^{−x}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(\frac{2}{e}\)

    6) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_{−∞}\frac{x}{x^2+1}\,dx\)

    7) Without integrating, determine whether the integral \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{1}{\sqrt{x^3+1}}\,dx\) converges or diverges by comparing the function \(f(x)=\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{x^3+1}}\) with \(g(x)=\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{x^3}}\).

    Answer:
    It converges.

    8) Without integrating, determine whether the integral \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+1}}\,dx\) converges or diverges.

     

    In exercises 9 - 25, determine whether the improper integrals converge or diverge. If possible, determine the value of the integrals that converge.

    9) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0e^{−x}\cos x\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(\frac{1}{2}\).

    10) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{\ln x}{x}\,dx\)

    11) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{\ln x}{\sqrt{x}}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(-4\).

    12) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\ln x\,dx\)

    13) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_{−∞}\frac{1}{x^2+1}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(π\).

    14) \(\displaystyle ∫^5_1\frac{dx}{\sqrt{x−1}}\)

    15) \(\displaystyle ∫^2_{−2}\frac{dx}{(1+x)^2}\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    16) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0e^{−x}\,dx\)

    17) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0\sin x\,dx\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    18) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_{−∞}\frac{e^x}{1+e^{2x}}\,dx\)

    19) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{dx}{\sqrt[3]{x}}\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(1.5\).

    20) \(\displaystyle ∫^2_0\frac{dx}{x^3}\)

    21) \(\displaystyle ∫^2_{−1}\frac{dx}{x^3}\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    22) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1−x^2}}\)

    23) \(\displaystyle ∫^3_0\frac{1}{x−1}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    24) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{5}{x^3}\,dx\)

    25) \(\displaystyle ∫^5_3\frac{5}{(x−4)^2}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

     

    In exercises 26 and 27, determine the convergence of each of the following integrals by comparison with the given integral. If the integral converges, find the number to which it converges.

    26) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{dx}{x^2+4x};\) compare with \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{dx}{x^2}\).

    27) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{dx}{\sqrt{x}+1};\) compare with \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{dx}{2\sqrt{x}}\).

    Answer:
    Both integrals diverge.

     

    In exercises 28 - 38, evaluate the integrals. If the integral diverges, answer “It diverges.”

    28) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_1\frac{dx}{x^e}\)

    29) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{dx}{x^π}\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    30) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1−x}}\)

    31) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{dx}{1−x}\)

    Answer:
    It diverges.

    32) \(\displaystyle ∫^0_{−∞}\frac{dx}{x^2+1}\)

    33) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_{−1}\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1−x^2}}\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(π\).

    34) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_0\frac{\ln x}{x}\,dx\)

    35) \(\displaystyle ∫^e_0\ln(x)\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(0\).

    36) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0xe^{−x}\,dx\)

    37) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_{−∞}\frac{x}{(x^2+1)^2}\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(0\).

    38) \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_0e^{−x}\,dx\)

     

    In exercises 39 - 44, evaluate the improper integrals. Each of these integrals has an infinite discontinuity either at an endpoint or at an interior point of the interval.

    39) \(\displaystyle ∫^9_0\frac{dx}{\sqrt{9−x}}\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(6\).

    40) \(\displaystyle ∫^1_{−27}\frac{dx}{x^{2/3}}\)

    41) \(\displaystyle ∫^3_0\frac{dx}{\sqrt{9−x^2}}\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(\frac{π}{2}\).

    42) \(\displaystyle ∫^{24}_6\frac{dt}{t\sqrt{t^2−36}}\)

    43) \(\displaystyle ∫^4_0x\ln(4x)\,dx\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(8\ln(16)−4\).

    44) \(\displaystyle ∫^3_0\frac{x}{\sqrt{9−x^2}}\,dx\)

     

    45) Evaluate \(\displaystyle ∫^t_{.5}\frac{dx}{\sqrt{1−x^2}}.\) (Be careful!) (Express your answer using three decimal places.)

    Answer:
    Converges to about \(1.047\).

    46) Evaluate \(\displaystyle ∫^4_1\frac{dx}{\sqrt{x^2−1}}.\) (Express the answer in exact form.)

    47) Evaluate \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_2\frac{dx}{(x^2−1)^{3/2}}.\)

    Answer:
    Converges to \(−1+\frac{2}{\sqrt{3}}\).

    48) Find the area of the region in the first quadrant between the curve \(y=e^{−6x}\) and the \(x\)-axis.

    49) Find the area of the region bounded by the curve \(y=\dfrac{7}{x^2},\) the \(x\)-axis, and on the left by \(x=1.\)

    Answer:
    \(A = 7.0\) units.2

    50) Find the area under the curve \(y=\dfrac{1}{(x+1)^{3/2}},\) bounded on the left by \(x=3.\)

    51) Find the area under \(y=\dfrac{5}{1+x^2}\) in the first quadrant.

    Answer:
    \(A = \dfrac{5π}{2}\) units.2

    52) Find the volume of the solid generated by revolving about the \(x\)-axis the region under the curve \(y=\dfrac{3}{x}\) from \(x=1\) to \(x=∞.\)

    53) Find the volume of the solid generated by revolving about the \(y\)-axis the region under the curve \(y=6e^{−2x}\) in the first quadrant.

    Answer:
    \(V = 3π\,\text{units}^3\)

    54) Find the volume of the solid generated by revolving about the \(x\)-axis the area under the curve \(y=3e^{−x}\) in the first quadrant.

     

    The Laplace transform of a continuous function over the interval \([0,∞)\) is defined by \(\displaystyle F(s)=∫^∞_0e^{−sx}f(x)\,dx\) (see the Student Project). This definition is used to solve some important initial-value problems in differential equations, as discussed later. The domain of \(F\) is the set of all real numbers s such that the improper integral converges. Find the Laplace transform \(F\) of each of the following functions and give the domain of \(F\).

    55) \(f(x)=1\)

    Answer:
    \(\dfrac{1}{s},\quad s>0\)

    56) \(f(x)=x\)

    57) \(f(x)=\cos(2x)\)

    Answer:
    \(\dfrac{s}{s^2+4},\quad s>0\)

    58) \(f(x)=e^{ax}\)

    59) Use the formula for arc length to show that the circumference of the circle \(x^2+y^2=1\) is \(2π\).

    Answer:
    Answers will vary.

     

    A function is a probability density function if it satisfies the following definition: \(\displaystyle ∫^∞_{−∞}f(t)\,dt=1\). The probability that a random variable \(x\) lies between a and b is given by \(\displaystyle P(a≤x≤b)=∫^b_af(t)\,dt.\)

    60) Show that \(\displaystyle f(x)=\begin{cases}0,&\text{if}\,x<0\\7e^{−7x},&\text{if}\,x≥0\end{cases}\) is a probability density function.

    61) Find the probability that \(x\) is between \(0\) and \(0.3\). (Use the function defined in the preceding problem.) Use four-place decimal accuracy.

    Answer:
    0.8775

     

    Contributors

    • Gilbert Strang (MIT) and Edwin “Jed” Herman (Harvey Mudd) with many contributing authors. This content by OpenStax is licensed with a CC-BY-SA-NC 4.0 license. Download for free at http://cnx.org.

    • Terms and Concepts questions from Apex Calculus