memorizing integrals

AriAstronomer
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memorizing integrals

Postby AriAstronomer » Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:55 am

Is it important to memorize some integrals, e.g. dx/(x^2 + a^2)^1/2 = ln(x + (x^2 + a^2)^1/2)?

If yes, which other ones do you think are relevant? xdx/(x^2 + a^2)^1/2. Any others?
Thanks,
Ari

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HappyQuark
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Re: memorizing integrals

Postby HappyQuark » Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:58 pm

AriAstronomer wrote:Is it important to memorize some integrals, e.g. dx/(x^2 + a^2)^1/2 = ln(x + (x^2 + a^2)^1/2)?

If yes, which other ones do you think are relevant? xdx/(x^2 + a^2)^1/2. Any others?
Thanks,
Ari


I don't recall ever using a single memorized integral in any of the 4 practice tests or any of the real exams. Every instance in which an integral is ever necessary it could either be solved explicitly and was trivial to do so or they clearly meant for you to be making approximations (i.e. drawin' boxes under the curve).

On the other hand, I do recall a number of times in which memorizing some of the more obscure trig identities was necessary.

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WhoaNonstop
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Re: memorizing integrals

Postby WhoaNonstop » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:24 pm

No.

All you need to know for the physics GRE is what Positronium is.

-Riley

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Re: memorizing integrals

Postby physicsworks » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:56 pm

and use the process of elimination! :lol:




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