This page is directed to two main groups of students. To best use the material and resources on this page, determine which group you are in and follow these steps.
Group 1: If you are in first semester calculus and you are just learning integration, read the first few paragraphs of this page through the the section on basic integration. This will explain the material on this page that applies to you. Most of the rest of this page apply to people in group 2.
Group 2: If you are in second semester calculus and you have learned integration by parts, follow these steps.
Step 1: Read the panel immediately following this one discussing the difference between trig integration and trig substitution to make sure you are on the correct page. The material on this page is usually covered before the material on trig substitution.
Step 2: Go through first few paragraphs on this page through the basic integration section to refresh your memory, if you feel like you need to, and then read the rest of this page.
Step 3: Once you are ready, try some practice problems.
Trig integration, covered on this page, is the evaluation of integrals that already have trig functions in the integrand.
Trig substitution is a technique that takes an integrand that most likely does NOT contain any trig functions, and uses some trig identities to introduce trig functions into the integrand. Once the integral is completely transformed, then trig integration is used to evaluate the integral. Once the evaluation is complete, another set of substitutions, based on the original ones, is done to convert the result back to the original variable.
When integrating trig functions, the trick is to get the integrand into a form so that you can use integration by substitution. Besides the basic trig identities, there are several sets of identities that you need to know and be able to use.
Set 1  basic identities  

\(\displaystyle{ \tan(t) = \frac{\sin(t)}{\cos(t)} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \cot(t) = \frac{\cos(t)}{\sin(t)} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \sec(t) = \frac{1}{\cos(t)} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \csc(t) = \frac{1}{\sin(t)} }\) 
Set 2  squared identities  

\( \sin^2t + \cos^2t = 1\) 
\( 1 + \tan^2t = \sec^2t\) 
\( 1 + \cot^2t = \csc^2t\) 
Set 3  doubleangle formulas  

\( \sin(2t) = 2\sin(t)\cos(t)\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \cos(2t) = \cos^2(t)  \sin^2(t) }\) 
Set 4  halfangle formulas  

\(\displaystyle{ \sin^2(t) = \frac{1\cos(2t)}{2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \cos^2(t) = \frac{1+\cos(2t)}{2} }\) 
Basic Trigonometric Integration 

When you are first starting to learn integration, you will run across problems involving trig functions. The basic information and techniques you need are the basic trig identities and integration by substitution. In addition to the identities in the table above, you need to know these integrals.
\(\int{\sin(x)~dx} = \cos(x)+C\) 
\(\int{\cos(x)~dx} = \sin(x)+C\)  
\(\int{\tan(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\cos(x)}+C\) 
\(\int{\cot(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\sin(x)}+C\)  
\(\int{\sec(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\sec(x)+\tan(x)}+C\) 
\(\int{\csc(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\csc(x)+\cot(x)}+C\) 
Problem Statement 

Evaluate \(\displaystyle{ \int{\frac{1}{\cos x} ~dx } }\) to derive the equation for \(\int{\sec x ~ dx }\).
Solution 

This problem is solved two different ways, shown in these two videos.
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With the equations in the previous two tables, you should have all the tools you need to solve basic trig integrals. Here are some practice problems.
Basic Problems 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \cos(2x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ x\cos(x^2+1)~dx } }\)
Final Answer 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ x\cos(x^2+1)~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by Krista King Math 

Final Answer 

\( (1/2)\sin(x^2+1) + C \) 
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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ 3(x^5)\sin(x^6)~dx } }\)
Solution 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\sin\sqrt{x}}{\sqrt{x}}~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ 2\sin(x)\cos(x)~dx } }\)
Solution 

The first video solves the given problem. The second video, by a different instructor, evaluates the integral \(\int{\sin x \cos x ~ dx}\), which is the same as the given problem without the factor of 2. Consequently the answer in the second video is (1/2) times the answer in the first video.
video by Krista King Math 

video by The Organic Chemistry Tutor 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sin^3(x) \cos(x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by Krista King Math 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ 5 \cos^4(2x) \sin(2x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\cos^5(x) \sin(x)}{1  \sin^2(x)} dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\cos(x) + \sin(x)}{\sin(2x)} ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ a\cos(x) + \frac{b}{\sin^2(x)} dx } }\)
Solution 

video by Krista King Math 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sin(2x) \cos(3x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\sqrt[3]{\cot(x)}}{\sin^2(x)} ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^3(x) (\csc^2(x)1) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \csc x \cot x \sqrt{1\csc x}~dx } }\)
Final Answer 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \csc x \cot x \sqrt{1\csc x}~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

Final Answer 

\( (2/3)(1  \csc x)^{3/2} + C \) 
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Intermediate Problems 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int_{0}^{\pi/2}{ x \cos(x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

This problem is solved in two videos.
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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \cos^2x ~\tan^3x ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \csc(x) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sqrt{x} \sec(x^{3/2}) \tan(x^{3/2}) ~dx } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ (1+2t^2)^2 ~t ~\csc^2\left[ (1+2t^2)^3 \right]~dt } }\)
Solution 

video by PatrickJMT 

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Advanced Problems 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{\int_{\pi/2}^{3\pi/2}{\sqrt{1+\sin\theta}~d\theta}}\)
Final Answer 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{\int_{\pi/2}^{3\pi/2}{\sqrt{1+\sin\theta}~d\theta}}\)
Solution 

Our first inclination might be to use integration by substitution, letting \( u=1+\sin \theta \). However, since \( du= \cos \theta d \theta \) and we don't have a \(\cos(\theta)\) outside the square root, this won't help us.
So we will do a trick. We will multiply the integrand by \(\cos \theta / \cos \theta\). This doesn't seem to help us since now we have
\(\displaystyle{ \int_{\pi /2}^{3 \pi /2}{\sqrt{1+\sin \theta} \frac{\cos \theta}{\cos \theta}~ d \theta } } \)
However, now we are going to replace the cosine in the denominator with something that WILL help us using the identity \( \sin^2 \theta + \cos ^2 \theta = 1 \). This is a very simple identity but very powerful when evaluating trig integrals. Let's solve for \(\cos \theta\) here.
\( \cos \theta = \pm \sqrt{1\sin^2 \theta} \)
Notice in this last equation we have '\( \pm \)' in front of the square root. This is important. In algebra, your teacher may have let you ignore it. But in calculus you can't. You have to carry it along or consciously choose positive or negative. In this problem, you need to choose the negative sign because the limits of integration tell you that you are integrating in the left half plane where cosine is negative. Okay, so let's see where we are now. We are going to drop the limits of integration, so that we don't have to carry them along. Then we will bring them back in after we have evaluated the integral.
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sqrt{1+\sin \theta} \frac{\cos \theta}{\cos \theta} ~d \theta } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sqrt{1+\sin \theta} \frac{\cos \theta}{\sqrt{1\sin^2 \theta}} ~d \theta } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\sqrt{1+\sin \theta}\cos \theta}{\sqrt{1+\sin \theta} \sqrt{1\sin \theta} } ~d \theta } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\cos \theta}{\sqrt{1\sin \theta} } ~d \theta } }\) 
Now integration by substitution will work with \(u=1\sin \theta \to du = \cos \theta d \theta \) giving us
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{\cos \theta}{\sqrt{1\sin \theta}} ~ d \theta} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{du}{u^{1/2}} } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ u^{1/2}~du } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{u^{1/2}}{1/2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ 2u^{1/2} = 2 (1\sin \theta)^{1/2} }\) 
Normally when we work an indefinite integral, we need to add \(+C\) for the unknown constant. However, we are leaving it off since we know that ultimately our problem is a definite integral. So, let's finish the problem.
\(\displaystyle{ \left. 2 (1\sin \theta)^{1/2} \right_{\pi/2}^{3\pi/2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ 2(1  \sin(3\pi/2))^{1/2}  2(1  \sin(\pi/2))^{1/2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ 2(1(1))^{1/2}  2(11)^{1/2} = 2\sqrt{2} }\) 
Final Answer 

\(\displaystyle{\int_{\pi/2}^{3\pi/2}{\sqrt{1+\sin\theta}~d\theta}=2\sqrt{2}}\) 
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Additional Strategies 

The remaining material on this page is for people who are in group 2 (as described in the above Start Here panel).
Here are links to other pages involving more advanced techniques, usually found in second semester calculus.
The strategies listed so far on this page cover most of the integrals you will run across. Occasionally, you may need various other techniques to convert the integrand into a form that can be integrated. Here are a few ideas.
1. Convert all the trig functions into sine and cosine. Sometimes, you may have lots of cancellation and end up with an easy integral.
2. Use the halfangle formulas to remove powers. This may leave an easy substitution problem.
The rest of this page covers a unique, more specialized strategy that you can try. Once you get more experience, you will be able to tell pretty quickly which strategy is best.
Special Tangent Substitution 

An interesting and special substitution that will often convert trig integrals into a form that can be integrated is to let \(t = \tan(x/2)\). From this we get the list of substitutions in the table below.
\(\displaystyle{ t = \tan(x/2) }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \sin(x) = \frac{2t}{1+t^2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \cos(x) = \frac{1t^2}{1+t^2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ dx = \frac{2}{1+t^2}dt }\) 

This video shows the derivation of these equations. It is recommended that you watch it, so that you will know where the equations come from and how to use them.
video by PatrickJMT 

Okay, let's work some practice problems using this substitution.
Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{dx}{2\sin(x)+\sin(2x)}}}\)
Final Answer 

Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{dx}{2\sin(x)+\sin(2x)}}}\)
Solution 

To try to simplify this problem somewhat so that we can get some ideas, we use the identity \(\sin(2x) = 2\sin(x)\cos(x)\) in the denominator.
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{dx}{2\sin(x)+\sin(2x)} } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{dx}{2\sin(x)+2\sin(x)\cos(x)} } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{dx}{2\sin(x)(1+\cos(x))} } }\) 
We could try substitution letting \(u=1+\cos(x)\) but that doesn't get us anywhere and no other basic substitution will either. So, let's try the substitution \(t=\tan(x/2)\). We know that
\(\displaystyle{ \sin(x) = \frac{2t}{1+t^2} }\) and \(\displaystyle{ \cos(x) = \frac{1t^2}{1+t^2} }\)
From these, we can calculate expressions for \(1+\cos(x)\) and \(2\sin(x)(1+\cos(x))\).
\(\displaystyle{1+\cos(x) = 1 + \frac{1t^2}{1+t^2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1+t^2}{1+t^2} + \frac{1t^2}{1+t^2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1+t^2+1t^2}{1+t^2} = \frac{2}{1+t^2} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ 2\sin(x)(1+\cos(x)) = 2 \left( \frac{2t}{1+t^2} \right) \left( \frac{2}{1+t^2} \right) = \frac{8t}{(1+t^2)^2} }\) 
Now we take the reciprocal of the last expression (since it is in the denominator of the integrand) substitute \(\displaystyle{ dx = \frac{2}{1+t^2}dt }\) and integrate.
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{(1+t^2)^2}{8t} \frac{2}{1+t^2} dt } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1}{4}\int{ \frac{1+t^2}{t} dt } }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1}{4}\int{ \frac{1}{t} + t ~dt} }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1}{4} \left[ \ln(t) + \frac{t^2}{2} \right] + C }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \frac{1}{4} \ln[ \tan(x/2)] + \frac{1}{8}\tan^2 (x/2) + C }\) 
Challenging Question: We checked our answer by using an online system and the answer they gave was
\(\displaystyle{\frac{12\cos^2(x/2)[ \ln(\cos(x/2))  \ln(\sin(x/2)) ]}{4(\cos(x)+1)} + c_1}\)
Can you show that our answer is the same as this?
Final Answer 

\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{dx}{2\sin(x)+\sin(2x)} } = \frac{1}{4}\ln[\tan(x/2)] + \frac{1}{8}\tan^2(x/2)+C }\) 
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Problem Statement 

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{dx}{35\sin(x)}}}\)
Solution 

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