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08-30-2016 09:16 AM
I`m trying to solve the arc lenght of the function y(x)=2.5+9*xˆ2-0.5xˆ4, between the points x=0 and x=4.
The math to do that is to solve the inegral from 0 to 4 of sqrt(1+(18*x-2*xˆ3)ˆ2) dx
The question is:
When I try to solve this particular integral, the calculator returns me another integral, in a recursive way, as if it can`t fully solve the first integral.
Does anybody know how to setup the calculator to be able to solve this kind of integral ?
My CAS setup is currently:
Numeric format : Standard
Use sqrt [v]
Recursive Evaluation: 10
Recursive Replacement: 2
Recursive Function: 20
P.S: Wolfram Alpha does solve this kind of integral.
Solved! Go to Solution.
08-30-2016 02:30 PM - edited 08-30-2016 02:33 PM
Luckily, there is no setup to do here!
Basically, you are asking the calculator to solve with a perfect, closed form which I'm not certain exists in this case. It runs for a while, and then when it can't make any more progress, returns the modified internal form "as close to the perfect, exact result" as it can. In this case, that is a square root value, and a modified integral.
Press Shift - ENTER to run the shifted ENTER function for an approximation on that result and the decimal answer pops out. That squiggly = sign is the mathematical sign for "approximates to".
Note that if you included a . in your initial entry, the approximate would immediately pop out as the CAS hits that apprixmate number and then continues in a "decimal approximation" form.
sqrt(1.+(18*x-2*xˆ3)ˆ2) <--- note the . after the 1 indicates to the calculator "this is not a perfect, idea of 1 but rather an approximate number that is 1". That is a pretty big difference in mathematics.
If you put a 1. into your original input, it would immediately pop out the decimal. However, just using the Shift ENTER key as needed is generally the simplest way to do it.
Although I work for the HP calculator group as a head developer of the HP Prime, the views and opinions I post here are my own.
08-30-2016 05:30 PM - last edited on 05-17-2019 09:38 AM by WanderP
See, this image, for comparison between Wolfram Alpha and HP PRIME (exact and approximate) ....
Have a nice day !.
@Maké (Technical Advisor Premium - HP Program Top Contributor).
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