Other Trigonometric Powers

These are integrals of the form

In every single one of these integrals, we will develop what is commonly called a Reduction Formula. The main idea behind is a smart use of trigonometric identities. Let us describe how it works.

• For , set

• For , set

• For , set

• For , set

Let us show how one can generate a reduction formula for . The other once, will be given without any proof. We have

Since the derivative of is , we get

Therefore, we have

This is the reduction formula associated to the tangent function. What it says is that in order to find the integral of it is enough to find the integral of . This way, we can reduce the power n all the way down to 1 or 0. Recall that . Let us give a table for all the reduction formulas.

where a is an arbitrary constant and .

Remark. Note that for and when n is even can be handled in a easier way. Indeed, we have

which suggests the substitution . The same idea works for the cosecant function (in this case, the substitution will be ).

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