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# Find the integral $\int\frac{x}{x^2-1}dx$

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$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)+C_0$
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Simplify $\sqrt{x^2}$ using the power of a power property: $\left(a^m\right)^n=a^{m\cdot n}$. In the expression, $m$ equals $2$ and $n$ equals $\frac{1}{2}$

$\int\frac{x}{\left(x+\sqrt{1}\right)\left(\sqrt{x^2}-\sqrt{1}\right)}dx$

Calculate the power $\sqrt{1}$

$\int\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(\sqrt{x^2}-\sqrt{1}\right)}dx$

Simplify $\sqrt{x^2}$ using the power of a power property: $\left(a^m\right)^n=a^{m\cdot n}$. In the expression, $m$ equals $2$ and $n$ equals $\frac{1}{2}$

$\int\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-\sqrt{1}\right)}dx$

Calculate the power $\sqrt{1}$

$\int\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}dx$
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Rewrite the expression $\frac{x}{x^2-1}$ inside the integral in factored form

$\int\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}dx$
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Rewrite the fraction $\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}$ in $2$ simpler fractions using partial fraction decomposition

$\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}=\frac{A}{x+1}+\frac{B}{x-1}$
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Find the values for the unknown coefficients: $A, B$. The first step is to multiply both sides of the equation from the previous step by $\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)$

$x=\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)\left(\frac{A}{x+1}+\frac{B}{x-1}\right)$
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Multiplying polynomials

$x=\frac{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)A}{x+1}+\frac{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)B}{x-1}$
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Simplifying

$x=\left(x-1\right)A+\left(x+1\right)B$
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Assigning values to $x$ we obtain the following system of equations

$\begin{matrix}-1=-2A&\:\:\:\:\:\:\:(x=-1) \\ 1=2B&\:\:\:\:\:\:\:(x=1)\end{matrix}$
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Proceed to solve the system of linear equations

$\begin{matrix} -2A & + & 0B & =-1 \\ 0A & + & 2B & =1\end{matrix}$
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Rewrite as a coefficient matrix

$\left(\begin{matrix}-2 & 0 & -1 \\ 0 & 2 & 1\end{matrix}\right)$
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Reducing the original matrix to a identity matrix using Gaussian Elimination

$\left(\begin{matrix}1 & 0 & \frac{1}{2} \\ 0 & 1 & \frac{1}{2}\end{matrix}\right)$
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The integral of $\frac{x}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}$ in decomposed fraction equals

$\int\left(\frac{1}{2\left(x+1\right)}+\frac{1}{2\left(x-1\right)}\right)dx$
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Expand the integral $\int\left(\frac{1}{2\left(x+1\right)}+\frac{1}{2\left(x-1\right)}\right)dx$ into $2$ integrals using the sum rule for integrals, to then solve each integral separately

$\int\frac{1}{2\left(x+1\right)}dx+\int\frac{1}{2\left(x-1\right)}dx$

Take the constant $\frac{1}{2}$ out of the integral

$\frac{1}{2}\int\frac{1}{x+1}dx$

Apply the formula: $\int\frac{n}{x+b}dx$$=nsign\left(x\right)\ln\left(x+b\right)+C, where b=1 and n=1 \frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right) 12 The integral \int\frac{1}{2\left(x+1\right)}dx results in: \frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right) \frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right) Take the constant \frac{1}{2} out of the integral \frac{1}{2}\int\frac{1}{x-1}dx Apply the formula: \int\frac{n}{x+b}dx$$=nsign\left(x\right)\ln\left(x+b\right)+C$, where $b=-1$ and $n=1$

$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)$
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The integral $\int\frac{1}{2\left(x-1\right)}dx$ results in: $\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)$

$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)$
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Gather the results of all integrals

$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)$
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As the integral that we are solving is an indefinite integral, when we finish integrating we must add the constant of integration $C$

$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)+C_0$

$\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)+C_0$

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### Main Topic: Integrals by Partial Fraction Expansion

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