August 1st, 2012, 10:21 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2012 Posts: 11 Thanks: 0  Integration of log(cos(x))?
Can anyone please tell how to calculate integration of log(cosx)?

August 1st, 2012, 10:38 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,131 Thanks: 432 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
I have split and moved your post here for now. I will wait for someone more knowledgeable to say whether this should be moved perhaps to the complex analysis forum. 
August 1st, 2012, 11:46 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Aug 2011 Posts: 332 Thanks: 7  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
Hi ! The primitives of ln(cos(x)) cannot be expressed as a finite combination of usual functions. The analytic expression is complicated and includes a special function (polylogarithm). 
August 2nd, 2012, 02:34 AM  #4 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2012 Posts: 11 Thanks: 0  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
I'm not having much idea of polylogarithm function. It will be really helpful if we can get its solution. Thanks...

August 2nd, 2012, 02:44 AM  #5 
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August 2nd, 2012, 03:06 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2009 From: Wisconsin, USA Posts: 227 Thanks: 0  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
It is possible to exactly calculate the definite integral of this if you go from one multiple of pi/2 (including zero) to another multiple of pi/2 and requires no special functions or complex numbers.

August 2nd, 2012, 03:45 AM  #7  
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
The answer is Quote:
So, read it from wiki . . .  
August 2nd, 2012, 03:50 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
I think it is possible to calculate using complex analysis and using no special functions.

August 2nd, 2012, 04:11 AM  #9  
Senior Member Joined: May 2011 Posts: 500 Thanks: 5  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))? Quote:
What everyone is trying to say is that this does not have an antiderivative. That is, no nice closed form expression for the indefinite integral. Add some limits of integration, then it is a rather famous integral. You can do a search and find it plenty of times. As Fool said, the standard is usually . For more challenging problem, limits of integration such as may sometimes be used instead. Just for fun, I ran it through Maple and it gave me . Wolfram gives something similar. The polylog in this case is specifically the 'dilogarithm' because of the power of n is 2 in the denominator of the sum below. Google it and you can see what it is. It is a special advanced function. But, to put it into a more handson approach. if you did want to try your hand at it, perhaps begin by using . Break it down into several terms using the log laws, then apply the series for ln(1+x)  
August 2nd, 2012, 06:26 PM  #10 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2009 From: Wisconsin, USA Posts: 227 Thanks: 0  Re: Integration of log(cos(x))?
Here is how Maxima likes to display : http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/7475/maxima1b.jpg If I didn't expand it it would simply put everything under a denominator of 2. 

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