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Using t = tan(x/2), integrate 1/1-sinx
I have differentiated t and got dt/dx = 1/2 sec^2(x/2) and then rearranged to get dx = 2dt/sec^2(x/2). So I know dx = 2dt/(1+t^2) but I'm not sure what to do with the sinx.
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A standard result you should know if doing the "t = tan x/2" substitution is that sin x = 2t/(1+t^2).
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A standard result you should know if doing the "t = tan x/2" substitution is that sin x = 2t/(1+t^2).
Ah really? Tbf, this is OCR and I'm doing OCR MEI but I have never come across this before. I didn't think it was that different between exam boards.
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Ah really? Tbf, this is OCR and I'm doing OCR MEI but I have never come across this before. I didn't think it was that different between exam boards.
I don't know what's officially in any exam board, but if you are using that substitution you should work out how and remember how to express sin x, cos x and tan x in terms of t.
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I don't know what's officially in any exam board, but if you are using that substitution you should work out how and remember how to express sin x, cos x and tan x in terms of t.
Thanks I appreciate it. Do you know where I could find the proofs for these expressions? I find it easier to remember them if I know how they are derived.
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Thanks I appreciate it. Do you know where I could find the proofs for these expressions? I find it easier to remember them if I know how they are derived.
https://www.examsolutions.net/tutorials/the-t-formulae/
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Useful for integrating trigonometric functions in rational form:

https://www.math24.net/weierstrass-substitution
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