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8.8 Improper Integrals

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8.8

Improper Integrals

Until now we have been finding integrals of continuous functions over closed intervals.

Sometimes we can find integrals for functions where the function is discontinuous or the limits are infinite. These are called improper integrals.

- Consider
- We calculate
- Now we take the limit as b∞
- So we say convergesto 1

- Consider
- In this case we may have a finite interval, but the function may be unbounded somewhere on the interval since it has a vertical asymptote at x = 0

- We compute
Now we take the limit

- So converges to 2

Example

(right hand limit)

We approach the limit from inside the interval.

This integral diverges.

Example

The function is undefined at x = 1 .

Vertical asymptote at x= 1

(left hand limit)

We must approach the limit from inside the interval.

This integral converges.

If then gets bigger and bigger as , therefore the integral diverges.

If then b has a negative exponent and , therefore the integral converges.

Example

(P is a constant.)

What happens here?

If either of the integrals diverges, the whole thing diverges

Example

Examples