## 17Calculus Integrals - Secant-Tangent Trig Integration

This page covers integration of functions involving secants and/or tangents in more advanced form that require techniques other than just integration by substitution. [If you are first learning secant and tangent in integration, check out the basics of trig integration page.]

### Difference Between Trig Integration and Trig Substitution

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.

### Trig Integration - Complete Case List Summary (One Angle)

Trig Integration - Complete Case List Summary (One Angle)

$$\int{\sin^mx \cos^nx~dx}$$

$$n=0$$

$$\int{\sin^mx~dx}$$

use reduction formula

$$m=0$$

$$\int{\cos^mx~dx}$$

use reduction formula

odd m

$$\int{\sin^{2k+1}x\cos^nx~dx}$$

factor out $$\sin x$$, use $$\sin^2x=1-\cos^2x$$ and let $$u=\cos x$$

odd n

$$\int{\sin^mx\cos^{2k+1}x~dx}$$

factor out $$\cos x$$, use $$\cos^2x=1-\sin^2x$$ and let $$u=\sin x$$

even m and n

$$\int{\sin^{2k}x\cos^{2p}x~dx}$$

use half-angle formulas

$$\int{\sec^mx \tan^nx~dx}$$

$$n=0$$

$$\int{\sec^mx~dx}$$

use reduction formula

$$m=0$$

$$\int{\tan^nx~dx}$$

use reduction formula or use $$\sec^2x=1+\tan^2x$$, expand out
and try one of the following two cases

even m

$$\int{\sec^{2k}x\tan^nx~dx}$$

factor out $$\sec^2x$$, use $$\sec^2x=1+\tan^2x$$ and let $$u=\tan x$$

odd n

$$\int{\sec^mx\tan^{2k+1}x~dx}$$

factor out $$\sec x\tan x$$, use $$\sec^2x=1+\tan^2x$$ and let $$u=\sec x$$

none of the above 4 cases hold

convert trig functions to sine and cosine and
try the sine/cosine techniques

Integrands Involving Secant and/or Tangent

In order to choose the technique you need to use, you need to determine the form of the integrand.

 Case 1 - one secant term only: $$\int{ \sec^n(x) ~dx}$$ Use the reduction formula found on the secant reduction formula page. Case 2 - one tangent term only: $$\int{ \tan^n(x) ~dx}$$ Use $$\sec^2x = 1 + \tan^2x$$, expand out and see if you can use case 3 and/or case 4 on the terms or use the reduction formula found on the tangent reduction formula page Case 3 - even secant term: $$\int{ \sec^m(x)~\tan^n(x) ~dx}$$ with even m Factor out $$\sec^2(x)$$, use $$\sec^2x = 1 + \tan^2x$$ and let $$u = \tan(x)$$. Case 4 - odd tangent term: $$\int{ \sec^m(x)~\tan^n(x) ~dx}$$ with odd n Factor out $$\sec(x)\tan(x)$$, use $$\sec^2x = 1 + \tan^2x$$ and let $$u = \sec(x)$$.

### Practice

Instructions - - Unless otherwise instructed, evaluate the following integrals using the techniques on this page. Give all answers in exact, simplified form.

Basic Problems

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^4x ~\tan^6x ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^4x ~\tan^6x ~dx } }$$

Solution

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video by PatrickJMT

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{1}{\cos^6(x) \cot^2(x)} ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{1}{\cos^6(x) \cot^2(x)} ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 104 video

video by PatrickJMT

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^3(x) ~\sec(x) ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^3(x) ~\sec(x) ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 388 video

video by Krista King Math

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^4x ~\sec^6x ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^4x ~\sec^6x ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 398 video

video by Krista King Math

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^4x ~\tan^2x ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^4x ~\tan^2x ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 95 video

video by PatrickJMT

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^3x ~\tan^5x ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec^3x ~\tan^5x ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 97 video

video by PatrickJMT

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan(x) ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan(x) ~dx } }$$

Solution

This problem is solved by two different instructors in these videos.

### 98 video

video by PatrickJMT

### 98 video

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec(x) \tan(x) ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec(x) \tan(x) ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 91 video

video by Krista King Math

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^2x ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \tan^2x ~dx } }$$

Solution

### 2575 video

Intermediate Problems

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec(x) ~dx } }$$

Problem Statement

$$\displaystyle{ \int{ \sec(x) ~dx } }$$

Solution

Here are two videos, by two different instructors, solving this problem.

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### Trig Identities and Formulas

basic trig identities

$$\sin^2\theta+\cos^2\theta=1$$   |   $$1+\tan^2\theta=\sec^2\theta$$

$$\displaystyle{\tan\theta=\frac{\sin\theta}{\cos\theta}}$$   |   $$\displaystyle{\cot\theta=\frac{\cos\theta}{\sin\theta}}$$

$$\displaystyle{\sec\theta=\frac{1}{\cos\theta}}$$   |   $$\displaystyle{\csc\theta=\frac{1}{\sin\theta}}$$

power reduction (half-angle) formulae

$$\displaystyle{\sin^2\theta=\frac{1-\cos(2\theta)}{2}}$$   |   $$\displaystyle{\cos^2\theta=\frac{1+\cos(2\theta)}{2}}$$

double angle formulae

$$\sin(2\theta)=2\sin\theta\cos\theta$$   |   $$\cos(2\theta)=\cos^2\theta-\sin^2\theta$$

list of trigonometric identities - wikipedia

trig sheets - pauls online notes

17calculus trig formulas - full list

### Trig Derivatives and Integrals

basic trig derivatives

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\sin(t)]}{dt} = \cos(t) }$$

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\cos(t)]}{dt} = -\sin(t) }$$

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\tan(t)]}{dt} = \sec^2(t) }$$

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\cot(t)]}{dt} = -\csc^2(t) }$$

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\sec(t)]}{dt} = }$$ $$\sec(t)\tan(t)$$

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{d[\csc(t)]}{dt} = }$$ $$-\csc(t)\cot(t)$$

basic trig integrals

$$\int{\sin(x)~dx} = -\cos(x)+C$$

$$\int{\cos(x)~dx} = \sin(x)+C$$

$$\int{\tan(x)~dx} = -\ln\abs{\cos(x)}+C$$

$$\int{\cot(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\sin(x)}+C$$

$$\int{\sec(x)~dx} = \ln\abs{\sec(x)+\tan(x)}+C$$

$$\int{\csc(x)~dx} = -\ln\abs{\csc(x)+\cot(x)}+C$$

reduction formulae

Reduction Formulas (n is a positive integer)

$$\displaystyle{\int{\sin^n x~dx} = -\frac{\sin^{n-1}x\cos x}{n} + }$$ $$\displaystyle{ \frac{n-1}{n}\int{\sin^{n-2}x~dx} }$$

$$\displaystyle{\int{\cos^n x~dx} = \frac{\cos^{n-1}x\sin x}{n} + }$$ $$\displaystyle{ \frac{n-1}{n}\int{\cos^{n-2}x~dx}}$$

Reduction Formulas (n is an integer and $$n>1$$)

$$\displaystyle{\int{\tan^n x~dx}= \frac{\tan^{n-1}x}{n-1} - \int{\tan^{n-2}x~dx}}$$

$$\displaystyle{\int{\sec^n x~dx} = \frac{\sec^{n-2}x\tan x}{n-1} + }$$ $$\displaystyle{ \frac{n-2}{n-1}\int{\sec^{n-2}x~dx}}$$

17calculus trig formulas - full list

related topics on other pages

basic trig integration

sine-cosine trig integration

Wikipedia - List of Trig Identities

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