Basic Training in Mathematics: A Fitness Program for Science by R. Shankar

By R. Shankar

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Let us now consider the second trick of differentiating with respect to a parameter. 13) fooo This integral cannot be evaluated by any of the standard means. 14) = x2 and evaluated the integral. Show that I 1 (a) = 2~. 8. Let us see how far we can get with Io(a). The notation itself tells us that the integral depends on just the parameter a. Its dependence on a can be found by scaling. 15) where c is a constant independent of a. 16) Now it turns out that given Io(a), we c:an evaluate a whole family of related integrals by differentiating both sides of Eqn.

R2 sin 8 we find 0 1 cosO<--<--. - sinO - cosO If we now let 0 -+ 0, the ratio in between gets squeezed between two numbers both of which approach 1 (since cosO= 1) and the result follows. 13) ~0 2 + ... 14) 1- where we have used the generalized binomial theorem (1 + x )P "' 1 + px Let us now find the derivative of sin 0 from first principles: ~sinO = = = sin(O + ~0)- sin(O) sin(O) cos{~O) +cos {9) cos{O)~O + 0{~0) 2 + sin{~O)- sin{9) + .... fJ keeping only terms of linear order since higher order terms do not survive the limit involved in taking the derivative.

Under x-+ -x. 4. Trigonometric Functions Here too we will only deal with some points that involve calculus. Let us begin with the notion of sines and cosines as ratios of the opposite and adjacent sides to the hypotenuse in a right triangle. It is assumed that you are familiar with various identities involving these functions, their ratios (tan, cot, sec), and their addition formulae. Let us recall one that we will need shortly: sin(A+B)=sinA cosB+cosA sinB. 2) -sinx. 3) Do you know where this comes from?

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