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Excursions in Classical Analysis: Pathways to Advanced Problem Solving and Undergraduate Research
Catalog Code: ECA
311 pp., hardcover, 2010
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Series: Classroom Resource Materials
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Excursions in Classical Analysis introduces undergraduate students to advanced problem solving and undergraduate research in two ways. By offering a colorful tour of classical analysis, the book places a wide variety of problems in their historical context. Just as important, it helps students gain an understanding of mathematical discovery and proof.
In discovering a variety of possible solutions to the same sample exercise, readers come to see how connections among apparently inapplicable areas of mathematics can be exploited in problem solving.
This book can serve as excellent preparation for participation in mathematics competitions; as a valuable resource for undergraduate mathematics reading courses and seminars; and as a supplemental text in courses on analysis. It can also be used in independent study.
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Excerpt(p. 217): Parametric Differentiation and Integration
In this chapter, we present an integration method that evaluates integrals via differentiation and integration with respect to a parameter. This approach has been a favorite tool of applied mathematicians and theoretical physicists. In his autobiography, eminent physicist Richard Feynman mentioned how he frequently used this approach when confronted with difficult integrations associated with mathematics and physics problems. He referred to this approach as a "different box of tools." However, most modern texts either ignore this subject or provide only a few examples. In the following, we illustrate this method with the help of some selected examples, most of them being improper integrals. These examples will show that the parametric differentiation and integration technique requires only the mathematical maturity of calculus, and often provides a straightforward method to evaluate difficult integrals which conventionally require the more sophisticated method of contour integration.