For more information, please see full course syllabus of College Calculus: Level II

For more information, please see full course syllabus of College Calculus: Level II

### Integration of Trigonometric Functions

**Main formula:**

**Hints and tips:**

Remember to check which of the powers is

__odd__. Then let*u*be the__other__one. (E.g. if you have cos^{5}*x*, then use*u*= sin*x*.)If both powers are even, use the half-angle formulas.

If you have an

__even__power of secant, use*u*= tan*x*. If you have an__odd__power of tangent, use*u*= sec*x*.If you have an odd power of secant and an even power of tangent, then follow this process:

Convert tangents to secants, two at a time, using tan² +1 = sec² . You’ll end up with

__odd__powers of secant.Use integration by parts twice (

*u*= sec^{n−2}*x*,*dv*= sec²*x dx*) to cut down from ∫ sec^{n}*x dx*to ∫ sec^{n−2}*x dx*, so you eventually get back to ∫ sec*x dx*. Then remember the formula:

## Integration of Trigonometric Functions

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## Mathematics: College Calculus: Level II

## Transcription: Integration of Trigonometric Functions

*OK, lset us try a new example.*0000

*We have here tan ^{3}(x) × sec(x) and remember that the trick here is to look at the powers.*0004

*You first look at the powers of tan(x).*0009

*Is that even?*0012

*Well 3 is odd so that does not work so we cannot use our strategy there.*0014

*The power on sec(x) is 1.*0020

*We ask, is that an odd number?*0023

*That does work, so we are going to use u = sec(x).*0026

*Then du = sec(x) tan(x) dx.*0033

*The point of that is that we can then convert this integral into something just involving sec(x).*0043

*We have tan ^{3}(x), so we will write that as tan^{2}(x) × tan(x) × sec(x) dx.*0051

*Now the u is going to be sec(x), but we still need to have du.*0064

*sec(x) tan(x).*0066

*We have that right here, sec(x) tan(x).*0069

*The tan ^{2}(x), we need to convert that into secants.*0073

*Since we have an even number of tangents, we can do that. *0078

*Remember our old Pythagorean Identity, tan ^{2}(x) + 1 = sec^{2}(x).*0081

*The tan ^{2}(x) converts into sec^{2}(x) - 1.*0090

*tan(x) sec(x) dx.*0099

*Now we are set up to put our substitution in.*0103

*Sec ^{2}(x) - 1 is u^{2} - 1.*0106

*tan(x) sec(x) dx, that is just du.*0112

*All of a sudden we have a really easy integral.*0117

*We can integrate that quickly to be u ^{3}/3 - u.*0121

*Then we substitute back into sec ^{3}(x)/3 - sec(x) + C.*0126

*So, again, the reason that worked is because we were checking the odds and even powers on the tangent and the secant.*0143

*It worked because we had an odd power of sec(x).*0155

*There is one more example I want to work through with you.*0000

*It is a pretty tricky one.*0003

*It is sec ^{3}(x).*0005

*This one is not so obvious.*0006

*What we are going to do is let u = sec(x).*0010

*But the point of that is not to make a substitution.*0017

*The point of that is to use integration by parts.*0022

*If u = sec(x), then dv = sec ^{2}(x) dx.*0024

*That is the stuff left over after you use one of these secants.*0032

*That is not obvious that we should do it that way.*0036

*You might ask how did you know to break it up that way?*0041

*Well, here is the idea.*0044

*I know that sec ^{2} is the derivative of tangent. *0046

*So, by making dv be sec ^{2} v becomes tan(x).*0050

*That is a relatively simple integration.*0056

*By making u = sec(x), we have du = sec(x) tan(x) dx.*0061

*That looks a little more complicated.*0070

*We will see how it works out. *0074

*Remember the formula for integration by parts.*0075

*It is always uv - the integral of vdu.*0077

*So, uv is sec(x) tan(x) - the integral of vdu.*0081

*So vdu looks a little complicated.*0086

*We have sec(x) tan(x) dx × tan(x).*0096

*So sec(x) × tan ^{2}(x) dx.*0102

*This is looking a little complicated.*0108

*What I am going to do is take this tan(x) and remember the Pythagorean Identity.*0114

*tan ^{2}(x) + 1 is sec^{2}(x).*0116

*I am going to write that tan(x) as sec ^{2}(x) - 1.*0123

*The whole thing becomes sec(x) tan(x) - now I will distribute this secant across these two terms.*0135

*So we have - the integral of sec ^{3}(x) dx.*0147

*+ the integral of sec(x) dx.*0156

*Now, it looks like we have taken what seemed like a pretty hard integral and replaced it by another hard integral.*0163

*And, an integral that is exactly the same as what we started with.*0171

*It looks like it is getting worse and worse.*0175

*Let me show you how you can resolve those two.*0178

*First of all, the sec(x) dx, there is a trick here.*0181

*Which is to multiply by sec(x) + tan(x)/sec(x) + tan(x).*0184

*You are multiplying by 1, not changing it.*0204

*But you get something very interesting when you multiply that into the integral.*0209

*The numerator will be sec(x) × (sec(x) + tan(x)). *0213

*So, sec ^{2}(x) + sec(x) tan(x).*0220

*The denominator is going to be sec(x) + tan(x) all multiplied by dx.*0224

*Look at this.*0238

*If you look at the denominator, sec(x) + tan(x), the derivative of sec(x) is sec(x) tan(x).*0240

*The derivative of tan(x) is sec ^{2}(x).*0250

*So the numerator is the derivative of the denominator.*0255

*So this last integral here is a derivative divided by the original function.*0259

*That last integral just integrates to ln(sec(x)) + tan(x).*0266

*That is a pretty special trick that is probably worth memorizing, just so you can do the integral of sec(x) dx.*0267

*Or else, it is just worth remembering that the integral of sec(x) dx is ln(sec(x) + tan(x)).*0287

*It is a strange and unusual enough integral that is worth memorizing for its own sake.*0296

*Let us go back to our original integral, which I am going to call i, just as we did when we did integration by parts twice.*0302

*What we have now is i has been resolved into sec(x) tan(x) - now we have i again, + that integral that we just did.*0311

*ln(sec(x)) + tan(x).*0328

*Separate that part out and so again just like we did when we had to do integration by parts twice.*0334

*We can move this i over and get 2i = sec(x) tan(x) + ln(sec(x) + tan(x).*0343

*Again, we can solve for the original integral just by dividing both sides by 2.*0364

*We get i = 1/2 of the quantity sec(x) tan(x) + ln(abs(sec(x) + tan(x).*0369

*As always, we have to add the constant at the end.*0386

*So, that is a fairly complicated answer.*0397

*That is a fairly specialized problem.*0401

*When you have a power of sec, an odd power of secant all by itself.*0405

*You want to use this integration by parts, sort of reduction formula,*0407

*To reduce it down to a lower power of secant.*0416

*If you keep reducing it using this formula, you eventually get down to just sec(x) by itself.*0420

*Remember we said that we will memorize that the integral of sec(x) = ln(sec(x) + tan(x).*0429

*That is the end of this lecture on integration of trigonometric functions.*0437

*Hello, this is educator.com and today we are going to talk about integration of trigonometric functions.*0000

*The prototypical examples of these integrals is you will have an integral and some power of sine and some power of cosine.*0006

*The important thing to focus on here is what those powers are.*0015

*In particular, which one is odd.*0022

*This is really a game of odds and evens.*0029

*You want one of those powers to be odd.*0031

*If one of them, if they are both even, then the integral gets more difficult and we will talk about that later in the lecture.*0034

*So right now the important thing is to find one of those numbers and to make it the odd or hope that it is odd.*0041

*If they are both odd, then it really does not matter, you can just pick one.*0047

*The one that is odd, what you do with it, is you are going to make a substitution and let U be the other one.*0051

*U is going to be the other one, and dU will be either + or - the one that is odd.*0076

*It seems a little strange so it would be easier to understand if we work through some examples.*0083

*You will see why this strategy works so well.*0089

*Let us take a look at some examples.*0093

*Here is the first example.*0095

*Cos(x) times sin ^{4}X, dX.*0098

*Of course, cos(x) is the same as cos(x) to the 1.*0105

*So, you look at those numbers 1 and 4, and you see the odd one, that is the odd number. *0109

*What we are going to do is let U be the other one.*0114

*The other one is sin(x) and the point of doing that is dU is then cosin(x) dX.*0120

*So this integral, the cosin, and the dX, become the dU. *0128

*Those two become the dU, sin ^{4}X just becomes U^{4}. *0136

*All of a sudden you have a really easy integral, the integral of U ^{4}.*0144

*Well, that is just U ^{5}/5 + C.*0149

*Then you substitute back, and you get sin ^{5}X + C. *0156

*Just to reiterate there, what made that work was, we looked at which power was odd, and that was the power on cosine.*0167

*Then, we let u be the other one, sin(x)*0177

*The reason we did that is because we had that one power of cosine left over to be the dU.*0182

*So let us try that on a little more complicated example.*0188

*Cos ^{4}X sinU^{3}X dX. *0191

*Again, we look at those two powers and the odd one is 3.*0198

*We are going to let U be the other one.*0201

*U is cos(x) this time, and so dU, well the derivative of cosin is sin(x) dX *0205

*What we can do now is we can take this sinU ^{3} and we can split that up into a sin^{2}X × sin(x) dX. *0207

*The point here is that we save that sin(x) dX to be the dU.*0231

*Well, we are going to have to attach a negative sign, but that sin(x) dX is going to be the dU. *0236

*Then this sin ^{2}, we can convert that into 1 - cosin^{2}x.*0243

*That is why we really had to have this odd even pattern going on.*0249

*It is because we save one sin to be the dU, or actually negative dU, and then you can convert sines into cosines two at a time.*0256

*If we save one sine to be dU, that will leave an even number of sines left over. *0266

*We can covert those all into cosines.*0273

*Our integral, after we make all of those substitutions, cos ^{4} becomes u^{4}.*0276

*The sin ^{2} becomes 1 - cos^{2}, and then becomes 1 - u^{4}. *0285

*Sin(x) dX is dU, or actually negative dU. *0292

*Then we can combine these into one big polynomial. *0297

*Actually, I can bring this negative sign back inside, and make it the integral of u ^{4} × u^{2} - 1 dU.*0304

*Combine those into u ^{6} - u^{4} dU. *0310

*Then, that is an easy integral because then we can just use the power rule, u ^{7}/7 - u^{5}/5.*0321

*Finally, we can convert that back into u as cos(x).*0330

*So, this is cos ^{7}X/7 - cos^{5}X/5, and of course we have to attach a constant there.*0337

*Again, the key thing here was recognizing those powers.*0350

*We see 4, we see 3, 3 is the odd one, so we want to let u be the other one.*0357

*The other one was cos(x).*0365

*The point of that was it gives you one extra sin(x) left over to be the dU.*0367

*Now, we know what to do if either one of the powers is odd.*0373

*What if you have both powers being even?*0382

*That makes it a trickier problem.*0384

*What we are going to use are the half angle formulas.*0386

*If both sine and cosine are even powers, then we can not use the previous strategy.*0391

*That odd strategy does not work.*0398

*We are going to use the half angle formulas.*0401

*Cos ^{2}(x) = 1 + cos(2x)/2 *0403

*Sin ^{2}X = 1 - cos(2x)/2.*0407

*The point of those is that those are easy to integrate.*0411

*Even if we have to multiply those together a few times, as we will see in the example, it is not too bad to integrate.*0415

*Let us try out an example of that.*0422

*Here we have sin ^{2}x cos^{2}x dX.*0425

*We look at those powers, we look for the odd one, and oh no, they are both even.*0430

*So, we are going to use those half angle formulas.*0436

*Remember, sin ^{2}x is 1 - cos(2x) over 2.*0438

*Cos ^{2}x is 1 + cos(2x)/2.*0446

*Now I am going to pull the two halves out of the integral to get them away.*0455

*So now that is on the outside.*0460

*Now, we have the integral of 1 - cos(2x) × 1 + cos(2x).*0462

*I will multiply those two together and we will get 1 - cos ^{2}(2x).*0469

*Well, the 1 is going to be easy to integrate, so I am not going to be worried about that.*0477

*But now we have a cos ^{2}(2x). *0481

*How do we integrate that?*0484

*Well, again, that is an even power of cosine.*0486

*We can use the half angle formula again and I am going to write the half angle formula over here.*0491

*But, I am going to use U this time.*0496

*1 + cos(2u)/2 because here we have cos ^{2}(2x), but if you think of that as being U, you can convert that into 1/4 the integral of 1 - cos^{2}(u).*0500

*cos ^{2}(u) is 1 + cos(2u).*0523

*1 + cos, now 2u if u is 2x, u is 4x.*0530

*This is 1/4 × cos(4x) dX.*0540

*That simplifies a little bit to 1/4 × 1/2 - 1/2 sin(4x) dx.*0558

*I am going to pull those halves out and combine them with the 1/4, and we get 1/8.*0573

*Times the integral of 1 - cos(4x) dX, and that is 1/8.*0579

*Well the integral of 1 is just x. *0591

*The integral of cosine is sine.*0596

*But, because it is 4x, we have to multiply on a 1/4.*0601

*Finally, we get (1/8)x - 1/8 × 1/4 = (1/32)sin(4x) and at the end of these we always add a constant.*0606

*In that one, we had to cope with the fact that there were no odd powers.*0626

*Both were even and we used the half angle formula to resolve that.*0632

*Sometimes after you use the half angle formulas, you find yourself with another even power as we did.*0634

*And so you have to use the half angle formula again to resolve that.*0642

*If you keep on using them, eventually you get down to single powers of cosine and that is something that you can integrate without too much trouble. *0647

*Let us look at another example.*0661

*This one is in terms of secants and tangents.*0663

*That is the other common pattern that you are going to see with trigonometric integrals.*0665

*That is, powers of secant(x), and tangent(x).*0671

*To do this, it is helpful to remember that the derivative of tan(x) is sec ^{2}(x).*0674

*The derivative of sec(x) is sec(x)tan(x).*0685

*What we see here is again, looking at these powers, I look at the secant power and I see that that is even.*0699

*The reason that that is significant is that I can separate that out into sec ^{2}(x) tan^{2}(x) dx.*0709

*And, I remember that the derivative of tangent is sec ^{2}(x).*0724

*If I use the substitution u = tan(x) than dU is sec ^{2}(x) dX.*0730

*The point of this is that I can convert this integral into, I have got sec ^{2}(x) dX, so that is dU, tan^{2}(x) is u^{2}.*0744

*Now what about this other sec ^{2}, well remember the other pythagorean identity.*0759

*Tan ^{2}(x) + 1 is sec^{2}(x).*0764

*Sec ^{2}(x) can be written as tan^{2}(x) + 1 which I am going to convert directly into u^{2} + 1.*0773

*This integral converts into u ^{3}, sorry, u^{4} + u^{2} dU.*0786

*Again, that is a very easy integral.*0800

*That just integrates to u ^{5}/5 + u^{3}/3.*0803

*Then we can substitute back, u is tan(x), so that is tan(x ^{5}/5) + tan(x^{3}/3) + C.*0808

*Let us go back and look at what made that work.*0831

*What made that work again was the even power on sec(x).*0833

*If you have an even power on sec(x), then you can always use this substitution u = tan(x) dU = sec ^{2}(x).*0841

*That even power of sec ^{2}(x) guarantees you 2 secants to use as the dU,*0850

*and then the other secants you can convert into tangents using the pythagorean identity.*0856

*The other place you can use substitution like this is if the power on tangent is odd, then you can use the other substitution u equals sec(x).*0861

*Then your dU will be sec(x)tan(x) dX.*0892

*The point of that is that you will have an odd tangent.*0900

*Because you have an odd tangent, you will use this pythagorean identity to convert the tangents into secants two at a time.*0907

*Starting with an odd secant you will be left with exactly 1 tangent left and that tangent you can save that to be your dU.*0918

*We will see another example of that later on.*0930

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Tue May 13, 2014 4:53 PM

Post by Ying Gao on May 10, 2014

Hi Professor Murray, for the last Additional problem question, I was wondering if when we integrate and distribute - integral (secx (sec^2x -1)dx), why didn't we get -integral sec^3xdx MINUS integral secxdx instead of -integral sec^3xdx PLUS integral secxdx ? I thought the negative sign distributes to both parts?

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Tue Jan 7, 2014 11:25 AM

Post by Fadel Hanoun on December 19, 2013

For Part one, why can't we say "let u= the even one"?

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Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:24 PM

Post by Ali Momeni on June 20, 2013

Prof. Murray,

When you took the integral of 1/8 Integral (1-cos 4x) dx did you forget to switch the signs? Should it have been 1/8(x + 1/4 sin (4x) + C ?

Thank you for the excellent lesson otherwise

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Tue May 28, 2013 7:05 PM

Post by William Dawson on May 22, 2013

I said 'almost' ;p

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Tue May 28, 2013 7:05 PM

Post by William Dawson on May 22, 2013

God, you make me almost want to ignore the integral tables, lol!

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:29 AM

Post by Dr. William Murray on October 22, 2012

Wow, thanks Paula! That's really nice to hear.

Good luck with the calculus!

Will Murray

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:30 AM

Post by Paula Hoggard on October 20, 2012

You are an excellent teacher

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:32 AM

Post by Riley Argue on June 3, 2012

This video plays correctly.

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Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:31 AM

Post by Riley Argue on June 3, 2012

This video covered everything.