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CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS:
CHAPTER 6

; 1. Three mathematics students have ordered a 14-inch pizza. Instead of slicing it in the traditional
way, they decide to slice it by parallel cuts, as shown in the figure. Being mathematics majors, they
are able to determine where to slice so that each gets the same amount of pizza. Where are the cuts
1
dx.
x7 x
The straightforward approach would be to start with partial fractions, but that would be brutal. Try
a substitution.

2. Evaluate y

3
7
3. Evaluate y (s
1 x7 s
1 x 3 ) dx.

14 in

FIGURE FOR PROBLEM 1

4. A man initially standing at the point O walks along a pier pulling a rowboat by a rope of length L.

The man keeps the rope straight and taut. The path followed by the boat is a curve called a tractrix
and it has the property that the rope is always tangent to the curve (see the figure).
(a) Show that if the path followed by the boat is the graph of the function y f x, then

pier

f x
L

(x, y )

(b) Determine the function y f x.

(L, 0)

dy
sL 2 x 2

dx
x

5. A function f is defined by

f x

cos t cosx t dt

0 x 2

Find the minimum value of f .

6. If n is a positive integer, prove that

ln xn dx 1n n!

7. Show that

1 x 2 n dx

2 2n n!2
2n 1!

Ik1

2k 2
Ik
2k 3

; 8. Suppose that f is a positive function such that f is continuous.

(a) How is the graph of y f x sin nx related to the graph of y f x? What happens
as n l ?
(b) Make a guess as to the value of the limit
lim

nl

f x sin nx dx

based on graphs of the integrand.

(c) Using integration by parts, confirm the guess that you made in part (b). [Use the fact that, since
f is continuous, there is a constant M such that f x M for 0 x 1.]
9. If 0 a b, find lim
tl0

1t

bx a1 x t dx

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

t1
x
; 10. Graph f x sine and use the graph to estimate the value of t such that xt f x dx is a maxi-

mum. Then find the exact value of t that maximizes this integral.

11. The circle with radius 1 shown in the figure touches the curve y 2x twice. Find the area of the

region that lies between the two curves.

12. A rocket is fired straight up, burning fuel at the constant rate of b kilograms per second. Let
v vt be the velocity of the rocket at time t and suppose that the velocity u of the exhaust gas is

constant. Let M Mt be the mass of the rocket at time t and note that M decreases as the fuel
burns. If we neglect air resistance, it follows from Newtons Second Law that

y=| 2x |
0

FM

dv
ub
dt

where the force F Mt. Thus

1

dv
ub Mt
dt

Let M1 be the mass of the rocket without fuel, M2 the initial mass of the fuel, and M0 M1 M2 .
Then, until the fuel runs out at time t M2 b, the mass is M M0 bt.
(a) Substitute M M0 bt into Equation 1 and solve the resulting equation for v. Use the initial
condition v 0 0 to evaluate the constant.
(b) Determine the velocity of the rocket at time t M2 b. This is called the burnout velocity.
(c) Determine the height of the rocket y yt at the burnout time.
(d) Find the height of the rocket at any time t.
13. Use integration by parts to show that, for all x 0,

0y

sin t
2
dt
ln1 x t
ln1 x

; 14. The Chebyshev polynomials Tn are defined by

Tnx cosn arccos x

n 0, 1, 2, 3, . . .

(a) What are the domain and range of these functions?

(b) We know that T0x 1 and T1x x. Express T2 explicitly as a quadratic polynomial and T3
as a cubic polynomial.
(c) Show that, for n 1,
Tn1x 2x Tnx Tn1x
(d)
(e)
(f)
(g)
(h)
(i)

Use part (c) to show that Tn is a polynomial of degree n.

Use parts (b) and (c) to express T4 , T5 , T6 , and T7 explicitly as polynomials.
What are the zeros of Tn ? At what numbers does Tn have local maximum and minimum values?
Graph T2 , T3 , T4 , and T5 on a common screen.
Graph T5 , T6 , and T7 on a common screen.
Based on your observations from parts (g) and (h), how are the zeros of Tn related to the zeros
of Tn1 ? What about the x-coordinates of the maximum and minimum values?

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(j) Based on your graphs in parts (g) and (h), what can you say about x1
Tnx dx when n is odd
and when n is even?
(k) Use the substitution u arccos x to evaluate the integral in part (j).
(l) The family of functions f x cosc arccos x are defined even when c is not an integer (but
then f is not a polynomial). Describe how the graph of f changes as c increases.

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

Solutions

3. 0

5. f 2

9. b baa 1bae1

11. 2 sin1 (2s5 )

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

SOLUTIONS

Exercises

1.

By symmetry, the problem can be reduced to finding the line x = c such that the shaded area is one-third of the area

c
of the quarter-circle. The equation of the circle is y = 49 x2 , so we require that 0 49 x2 dx = 13 14 (7)2
1
x
2

49 x2 +

49
2

sin1 (x/7)

[by Formula 30]

49

12

1
c
2

49 c2 +

49
2

sin1 (c/7) =

49
.
12

This equation would be difficult to solve exactly, so we plot the left-hand side as a function of c, and find that the
equation holds for c 1.85. So the cuts should be made at distances of about 1.85 inches from the center of the
pizza.

3. The given integral represents the difference of the shaded areas, which appears
to be 0. It can be calculated by integrating with respect to either x or y, so we

find x in terms of y for each curve: y = 3 1 x7 x = 7 1 y 3 and

y = 7 1 x3 x = 3 1 y 7 , so
1
0

1 y7

7
1 x3 3 1 x7 dx. But this

1
0

1 y 3 dy =

3
1 x7 7 1 x3 dx = 0.

1
0

5. Recall that cos A cos B = 12 [cos(A + B) + cos(A B)]. So

f (x) =
=

1
2

cos t cos(x t) dt =
t cos x +

cos x +

1
4

1
2

sin(2t x)

sin(x)

1
2

1
4

cos x +

sin(x) =

1
4

sin(2 x)

1
4

1
2

sin(x)

cos x

1
0

7. In accordance with the hint, we let Ik =

integrate Ik+1 by parts with u = 1 x2

1 x2

k+1

dx, and we find an expression for Ik+1 in terms of Ik . We

du = (k + 1) 1 x2

(2x), dv = dx v = x, and

= (2k + 2)

1
0

+ 2(k + 1)
0

1 x2

1
0

x2(1 x2 )k dx

1 1 x2

dx = (2k + 2)(Ik Ik+1 )

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

So Ik+1 [1 + (2k + 2)] = (2k + 2)Ik

I0 = 1 =

Ik+1 =

2k + 2
Ik . Now to complete the proof, we use induction:
2k + 3

20 (0!)2
, so the formula holds for n = 0. Now suppose it holds for n = k. Then
1!

Ik+1 =

2(k + 1)22k (k!)2

2(k + 1) 2(k + 1)22k (k!)2
2k + 2
2k + 2 22k (k!)2
Ik =
=
=

2k + 3
2k + 3 (2k + 1)!
(2k + 3)(2k + 1)!
2k + 2 (2k + 3)(2k + 1)!
[2(k + 1)]2 22k (k!)2
22(k+1) [(k + 1)!]2
=
(2k + 3)(2k + 2)(2k + 1)!
[2(k + 1) + 1]!

So by induction, the formula holds for all integers n 0.

9. 0 < a < b. Now
1
0

t0

b ut
a (ba)

bt+1 at+1
(t + 1)(b a)

du [put u = bx + a(1 x)] =

1/t

. Then ln y = lim

t0

ut+1
(t + 1)(b a)

=
a

bt+1 at+1
.
(t + 1)(b a)

bt+1 at+1
1
ln
. This limit is of the form 0/0,
t
(t + 1)(b a)

so we can apply lHospitals Rule to get

bt+1 ln b at+1 ln a
b ln b a ln a
b ln b
a ln a
bb/(ba)
1
=

1
=

ln
e
=
ln

.
bt+1 at+1
t+1
ba
ba
ba
eaa/(ba)

ln y = lim

t0

Therefore, y = e1

11.

bb
aa

1/(ba)

An equation of the circle with center (0, c) and radius 1 is

x2 + (y c)2 = 12 , so an equation of the lower semicircle is

y = c 1 x2 . At the points of tangency, the slopes of the line

and semicircle must be equal. For x 0, we must have

x
y0 = 2
= 2 x = 2 1 x2
2
1x
x2 = 4(1 x2 ) 5x2 = 4 x2 =

4
5

x=

2
5

5 = 45 5. The slope of the perpendicular line segment is 12 , so an equation of the line

segment is y 45 5 = 12 x 25 5
y = 12 x + 15 5 + 45 5 y = 12 x + 5, so c = 5 and

and so y = 2

2
5

(2/5) 5

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(2/5) 5

x
1
30
5 1 x2 2x dx = 2 5 x
1 x2 sin1 x x2
2
2
0

4
5 1
2
1

sin1
2(0)
=2 2
5
2
5
5
5
2
2
1
= 2 sin1
= 2 1 sin1
2
5
5

CHALLENGE PROBLEMS

13. We integrate by parts with u =

1
1
, dv = sin t dt, so du =
and
ln(1 + x + t)
(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2

I=
0

= lim

cos t
sin t dt
= lim
ln(1 + x + t) b
ln(1 + x + t)
cos b
1
+
+
ln(1 + x + b)
ln(1 + x)

where J =

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cos t dt

(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2

cos t dt
1
+J
=
ln(1 + x)
(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2

cos t dt
. Now 1 cos t 1 for all t; in fact, the inequality is strict
(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2

except at isolated points. So

1
1
<J <
ln(1 + x)
ln(1 + x)

dt
<J <
(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2

0<I <

2
.
ln(1 + x)

dt
(1 + x + t)[ln(1 + x + t)]2