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We can get several integrals by basically using the differential rules backwards. We have that

and that

From this we get

Rule number: | f(x) |
F(x) |

1 | u(x)±v(x) |
u(x) ±v(x) |

2 | cu(x) |
cU(x) |

3 | c |
cx |

4 | ||

5 | 1/x |
ln|x| |

6 | e^{x} |
e^{x} |

7 | sin x |
−cos x |

8 | cos x |
sin x |

Remember that the above table gives us the indefinite integral i.e. the primitive function without the constant of integration and that a function written with capital letters is a primitive function of the corresponding function written with small letters.

- The first two we might call meta-rules. They are rules about integrable functions in general. The first one states that if we have two functions plus or minus each other then we can integrate them separately. That rule follows immediately from the corresponding differential rule, as does all of these. Example:

As you can see this rule holds even if we have more than two terms. You can easily check the above result by differentiating the left-hand side.

- If we have a constant factor, then we just keep it. Yet again it is simply the same as the corresponding differential rule.

- This is just an example of the above since a primitive function of 1 is
*x*. - You can check this by taking the derivative of what we got:

- Here we know that the derivative of ln x is 1/x, but why the absolute value on the indefinite integral? Just to remind you, the absolute value of a real number x, |x|=the distance to the origin, i.e. the positive number corresponding to the distance to the origin (that way of thinking of the absolute value will help you when it comes to absolute values of say complex numbers). We thus have |5|=|-5|=5.

Let us look at say *x*=3 and *x*=−3. Since the slope of ln *x* when *x* is positive is 1/*x*, then, for reasons of symmetry, the slope of ln(-*x*) when *x* is negative must be the same, but with the opposite sign.

Another way to see this: The function ln|*x*| must be an even function, i.e. a function symmetric about the *y*-axis, and since the mirror images slope in the opposite directions then the derivative must have the opposite sign, just as 1/*x* has, and since 1/*x* is the derivative of ln *x* as *x* is positive, then therefore the derivative of 1/*x* as *x* is negative is ln(−*x*) and we thus get that the derivative of ln|*x*| is 1/*x* and thus that the primitive function of 1/*x* is ln|*x*|.

The rest is rather straightforward.

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