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

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##  Final answer to the problem

$-\frac{1}{2}x\ln\left|x+1\right|+\frac{1}{2}x\ln\left|x-1\right|+\frac{1}{2}\left(\left(x+1\right)\ln\left|x+1\right|-x-1\right)-\frac{1}{2}\left(\left(x-1\right)\ln\left|x-1\right|-x+1\right)+C_0$
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##  Step-by-step Solution 

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• Integrate by parts
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1

Rewrite the fraction $\frac{x}{x^2-1}$ inside the integral as the product of two functions: $x\frac{1}{x^2-1}$

$\int x\frac{1}{x^2-1}dx$
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We can solve the integral $\int x\frac{1}{x^2-1}dx$ by applying integration by parts method to calculate the integral of the product of two functions, using the following formula

$\displaystyle\int u\cdot dv=u\cdot v-\int v \cdot du$
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First, identify or choose $u$ and calculate it's derivative, $du$

$\begin{matrix}\displaystyle{u=x}\\ \displaystyle{du=dx}\end{matrix}$
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Now, identify $dv$ and calculate $v$

$\begin{matrix}\displaystyle{dv=\frac{1}{x^2-1}dx}\\ \displaystyle{\int dv=\int \frac{1}{x^2-1}dx}\end{matrix}$
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Solve the integral to find $v$

$v=\int\frac{1}{x^2-1}dx$
6

Factor the difference of squares $x^2-1$ as the product of two conjugated binomials

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

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

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

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

$1=\left(x-1\right)A+\left(x+1\right)B$
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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 $\frac{1}{\left(x+1\right)\left(x-1\right)}$ 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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Take the constant $\frac{1}{2}$ out of the integral

$\frac{1}{2}\int\frac{-1}{x+1}dx+\int\frac{1}{2\left(x-1\right)}dx$
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Take the constant $\frac{1}{2}$ out of the integral

$\frac{1}{2}\int\frac{-1}{x+1}dx+\frac{1}{2}\int\frac{1}{x-1}dx$
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Apply the formula: $\int\frac{n}{x+b}dx$$=nsign\left(x\right)\ln\left(x+b\right)+C, where b=1 and n=-1 -\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\int\frac{1}{x-1}dx 19 Apply the formula: \int\frac{n}{x+b}dx$$=nsign\left(x\right)\ln\left(x+b\right)+C$, where $b=-1$ and $n=1$

$-\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x+1\right)+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left(x-1\right)$
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Now replace the values of $u$, $du$ and $v$ in the last formula

$\left(-\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x+1\right|+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x-1\right|\right)x-\int-\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x+1\right|dx-\int\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x-1\right|dx$
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Multiply the single term $x$ by each term of the polynomial $\left(-\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x+1\right|+\frac{1}{2}\ln\left|x-1\right|\right)$

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

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

$-\frac{1}{2}x\ln\left|x+1\right|+\frac{1}{2}x\ln\left|x-1\right|+\frac{1}{2}\left(\left(x+1\right)\ln\left|x+1\right|-\left(x+1\right)\right)-\frac{1}{2}\left(\left(x-1\right)\ln\left|x-1\right|-\left(x-1\right)\right)$
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Simplify the expression inside the integral

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

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

##  Final answer to the problem

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

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