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Find the exact maximum value of $\int_0^y \sqrt{x^4+(y-y^2)^2} dx$ for $0 \le y \le 1$.

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Find the exact maximum value of $\int_0^y \sqrt{x^4+(y-y^2)^2} dx$ for $0 \le y \le 1$.

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I presume you know that to determine maximum or minimum values for a differentiable function, you set the derivative equal to 0. You should also know that if [tex]f(y)= \int_a^y g(x,y) dx[/tex] then [tex]df/dy= g(y,y)[/tex]. So you should find y such that [tex]\sqrt{y^4+ (y- y^2)^2}= 0[/tex]. (If that y is not between 0 and 1 then look at the value at 0 and 1.)Find the exact maximum value of $\int_0^y \sqrt{x^4+(y-y^2)^2} dx$ for $0 \le y \le 1$.

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That doesn't look quite right.I presume you know that to determine maximum or minimum values for a differentiable function, you set the derivative equal to 0. You should also know that if [tex]f(y)= \int_a^y g(x,y) dx[/tex] then [tex]df/dy= g(y,y)[/tex]. So you should find y such that [tex]\sqrt{y^4+ (y- y^2)^2}= 0[/tex]. (If that y is not between 0 and 1 then look at the value at 0 and 1.)

Suppose $g(x,y) = x+y$.

Then:

\begin{aligned}\frac{d}{dy}\int_0^y g(x,y)dx

&= \frac{d}{dy}\int_0^y (x+y)dx \\

&= \frac{d}{dy}\left(\frac 1 2 x^2 + xy \Big|_0^y\right) \\

&= \frac{d}{dy}\left(\frac 3 2 y^2\right) \\

&= 3y

\end{aligned}

But:

$$g(y,y) = y+y = 2y \ne 3y$$

- Jan 17, 2013

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\(\displaystyle \int^y_0 (x+y)dx = \int^y_0 xdx +y\int^y_0 dx \)

Now if we differentiate and according to the product rule we have

\(\displaystyle \frac{df}{dy}\int^y_0 (x+y)dx=\frac{df}{dy} \left( \int^y_0 xdx +y\int^y_0 dx \right) =y +\int^y_0 dx+y = 3y \)

So the FTC doesn't apply directly here.

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- Jan 17, 2013

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That integral doesn't seem to be solvable in terms of elementary functions. The W|A returns an elliptic integral.

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I believe you're right, and if one wants to attack the problem using this definition, then that would be welcome!

Hmm...that's not quite right,That integral doesn't seem to be solvable in terms of elementary functions.

Having said so, I will only post the solutions days later with the hope that others may want to take a stab at it.

- Jan 17, 2013

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Well, I don't know whether I am messing something but I still cannot think how to find an elementary anti-derivative for that integral.Hmm...that's not quite right,Zaid!

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Most probably that I am wrong,Well, I don't know whether I am messing something but I still cannot think how to find an elementary anti-derivative for that integral.

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Find the exact maximum value of $\int_0^y \sqrt{x^4+(y-y^2)^2} dx$ for $0 \le y \le 1$.

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Well done,