Integration by parts
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In calculus, and more generally in mathematical analysis, integration by parts or partial integration is a process that finds the integral of a product of functions in terms of the integral of their derivative and antiderivative. It is frequently used to transform the antiderivative of a product of functions into an antiderivative for which a solution can be more easily found. The rule can be derived in one line simply by integrating the product rule of differentiation.
If u = u(x) and du = u′(x) dx, while v = v(x) and dv = v′(x) dx, then integration by parts states that:
or more compactly:
More general formulations of integration by parts exist for the Riemann–Stieltjes and Lebesgue–Stieltjes integrals. The discrete analogue for sequences is called summation by parts.
Contents
Theorem
Product of two functions
The theorem can be derived as follows. Suppose u(x) and v(x) are two continuously differentiable functions. The product rule states (in Leibniz's notation):
Integrating both sides with respect to x,
then applying the definition of indefinite integral,
gives the formula for integration by parts.
Since du and dv are differentials of a function of one variable x,
The original integral ∫uv′ dx contains v′ (derivative of v); in order to apply the theorem, v (antiderivative of v′) must be found, and then the resulting integral ∫vu′ dx must be evaluated.
Extension to other cases
It is not actually necessary for u and v to be continuously differentiable. Integration by parts works if u is absolutely continuous and the function designated v' is Lebesgue integrable (but not necessarily continuous).^{[1]} (If v' has a point of discontinuity then its antiderivative v may not have a derivative at that point.)
If the interval of integration is not compact, then it is not necessary for u to be absolutely continuous in the whole interval or for v ' to be Lebesgue integrable in the interval, as a couple of examples (in which u and v are continuous and continuously differentiable) will show. For instance, if
u is not absolutely continuous on the interval [1, +∞), but nevertheless
so long as is taken to mean the limit of as and so long as the two terms on the righthand side are finite. This is only true if we choose Similarly, if
v' is not Lebesgue integrable on the interval [1, +∞), but nevertheless
with the same interpretation.
One can also easily come up with similar examples in which u and v are not continuously differentiable.
Product of many functions
Integrating the product rule for three multiplied functions, u(x), v(x), w(x), gives a similar result:
In general, for n factors
which leads to
where the product is of all functions except for the one differentiated in the same term.
Visualization
Consider a parametric curve by (x, y) = (f(t), g(t)). Assuming that the curve is locally onetoone and integrable, we can define
The area of the blue region is
Similarly, the area of the red region is
The total area A_{1} + A_{2} is equal to the area of the bigger rectangle, x_{2}y_{2}, minus the area of the smaller one, x_{1}y_{1}:
Or, in terms of t,
Or, in terms of indefinite integrals, this can be written as
Rearranging:
Thus integration by parts may be thought of as deriving the area of the blue region from the area of rectangles and that of the red region.
This visualization also explains why integration by parts may help find the integral of an inverse function f^{−1}(x) when the integral of the function f(x) is known. Indeed, the functions x(y) and y(x) are inverses, and the integral ∫x dy may be calculated as above from knowing the integral ∫y dx. In particular, this explains use of integration by parts to integrate logarithm and inverse trigonometric functions.
Application to find antiderivatives
Strategy
Integration by parts is a heuristic rather than a purely mechanical process for solving integrals; given a single function to integrate, the typical strategy is to carefully separate this single function into a product of two functions u(x)v(x) such that the residual integral from the integration by parts formula is easier to evaluate than the single function. The following form is useful in illustrating the best strategy to take:
Note that on the righthand side, u is differentiated and v is integrated; consequently it is useful to choose u as a function that simplifies when differentiated, or to choose v as a function that simplifies when integrated. As a simple example, consider:
Since the derivative of ln(x) is 1/x, one makes (ln(x)) part u; since the antiderivative of 1/x^{2} is 1/x, one makes 1/x^{2}dx part dv. The formula now yields:
The antiderivative of −1/x^{2} can be found with the power rule and is 1/x.
Alternatively, one may choose u and v such that the product u' (∫v dx) simplifies due to cancellation. For example, suppose one wishes to integrate:
If we choose u(x) = ln(sin(x)) and v(x) = sec^{2}x, then u differentiates to 1/ tan x using the chain rule and v integrates to tan x; so the formula gives:
The integrand simplifies to 1, so the antiderivative is x. Finding a simplifying combination frequently involves experimentation.
In some applications, it may not be necessary to ensure that the integral produced by integration by parts has a simple form; for example, in numerical analysis, it may suffice that it has small magnitude and so contributes only a small error term. Some other special techniques are demonstrated in the examples below.
 Polynomials and trigonometric functions
In order to calculate
let:
then:
where C is a constant of integration.
For higher powers of x in the form
repeatedly using integration by parts can evaluate integrals such as these; each application of the theorem lowers the power of x by one.
 Exponentials and trigonometric functions
An example commonly used to examine the workings of integration by parts is
Here, integration by parts is performed twice. First let
then:
Now, to evaluate the remaining integral, we use integration by parts again, with:
Then:
Putting these together,
The same integral shows up on both sides of this equation. The integral can simply be added to both sides to get
which rearranges to:
where again C (and C' = C/2) is a constant of integration.
A similar method is used to find the integral of secant cubed.
 Functions multiplied by unity
Two other wellknown examples are when integration by parts is applied to a function expressed as a product of 1 and itself. This works if the derivative of the function is known, and the integral of this derivative times x is also known.
The first example is ∫ ln(x) dx. We write this as:
Let:
then:
where C is the constant of integration.
The second example is the inverse tangent function arctan(x):
Rewrite this as
Now let:
then
using a combination of the inverse chain rule method and the natural logarithm integral condition.
LIATE rule
A rule of thumb proposed by Herbert Kasube advises that whichever function comes first in the following list should be chosen as u:^{[2]}
 L  Logarithmic Functions: etc.
 I  Inverse trigonometric functions: etc.
 A  Algebraic functions: etc.
 T  Trigonometric functions: etc.
 E  Exponential functions: etc.
The function which is to be dv is whichever comes last in the list: functions lower on the list have easier antiderivatives than the functions above them. The rule is sometimes written as "DETAIL" where D stands for dv.
To demonstrate the LIATE rule, consider the integral
Following the LIATE rule, u = x and dv = cos(x)dx, hence du = dx and v = sin(x), which makes the integral become
which equals
In general, one tries to choose u and dv such that du is simpler than u and dv is easy to integrate. If instead cos(x) was chosen as u, and x.dx as dv, we would have the integral
which, after recursive application of the integration by parts formula, would clearly result in an infinite recursion and lead nowhere.
Although a useful rule of thumb, there are exceptions to the LIATE rule. A common alternative is to consider the rules in the "ILATE" order instead. Also, in some cases, polynomial terms need to be split in nontrivial ways. For example, to integrate
one would set
so that
Then
Finally, this results in
Applications in pure mathematics
Integration by parts is often used as a tool to prove theorems in mathematical analysis. This section gives a few examples.
Use in special functions
The gamma function is an example of a special function, defined as an improper integral. Integration by parts illustrates it to be an extension of the factorial:
yielding the famous identity
Since
 ,
for integer z, applying this formula repeatedly gives the factorial (denoted by the !):
Use in harmonic analysis
Integration by parts is often used in harmonic analysis, particularly Fourier analysis, to show that quickly oscillating integrals with sufficiently smooth integrands decay quickly. The most common example of this is its use in showing that the decay of function's Fourier transform depends on the smoothness of that function, as described below.
 Fourier transform of derivative
If f is a ktimes continuously differentiable function and all derivatives up to the kth one decay to zero at infinity, then its Fourier transform satisfies
where f^{(k)} is the kth derivative of f. (The exact constant on the right depends on the convention of the Fourier transform used.) This is proved by noting that
so using integration by parts on the Fourier transform of the derivative we get
Applying this inductively gives the result for general k. A similar method can be used to find the Laplace transform of a derivative of a function.
 Decay of Fourier transform
The above result tells us about the decay of the Fourier transform, since it follows that if f and f^{(k)} are integrable then
 , where .
In other words, if f satisfies these conditions then its Fourier transform decays at infinity at least as quickly as 1/ξ^{k}. In particular, if k ≥ 2 then the Fourier transform is integrable.
The proof uses the fact, which is immediate from the definition of the Fourier transform, that
Using the same idea on the equality stated at the start of this subsection gives
Summing these two inequalities and then dividing by 1 + 2πξ^{k} gives the stated inequality.
Use in operator theory
One use of integration by parts in operator theory is that it shows that the ∆ (where ∆ is the Laplace operator) is a positive operator on L^{2} (see L^{p} space). If f is smooth and compactly supported then, using integration by parts, we have
Other applications
 For determining boundary conditions in Sturm–Liouville theory
 Deriving the Euler–Lagrange equation in the calculus of variations
Recursive integration by parts
Integration by parts can often be applied recursively to provide the following formula^{[citation needed]}
This form is especially useful when u^{(n)} becomes zero for some n (and, in particular, when u is a polynomial function with degree smaller than n). Hence, the integral evaluation can stop once the u^{(n − 1)} term has been reached.
Tabular integration by parts
While the aforementioned recursive definition is correct, it is often tedious to remember and implement. A much easier visual representation of this process is often taught to students and is dubbed either "the tabular method",^{[3]} "the Stand and Deliver method",^{[4]} "rapid repeated integration" or "the tictactoe method". This method works best when one of the two functions in the product is a polynomial, that is, after differentiating it several times one obtains zero. It may also be extended to work for evaluating Laplace transform.
For example, consider the integral
Let u = x^{3}. Begin with this function and list in a column all the subsequent derivatives until zero is reached. Secondly, begin with the function v (in this case cos(x)) and list each integral of v until the size of the column is the same as that of u. The result should appear as follows.

Sign Derivatives of u (Column A) Integrals of v (Column B) +  +  +
Now simply pair the 1st entry of column A with the 2nd entry of column B, the 2nd entry of column A with the 3rd entry of column B, etc... with alternating signs (beginning with the positive sign). In another word, sign of the term is determined by which entry in column A the term contains, if the term contains 1st entry of column A, then the sign given to the term is 1st entry of sign column. Do so until further pairing leads to sums of zeros. The result is the following (notice the alternating signs in each term):
Which, with simplification, leads to the result
With proper understanding of the tabular method, it can be extended. Consider

Sign Derivatives of u (Column A) Integrals of v (Column B) +  +
In this case in the last step it is necessary to integrate the product of the two bottom cells, and its sign is also determined by which entry in column A the term contains:
which leads to
and yields the result:
where C' = C/2.
Higher dimensions
The formula for integration by parts can be extended to functions of several variables. These derivations are analogous to the one given above: a fundamental theorem of calculus is substituted into an appropriate product rule. There are several such pairings possible in multivariate calculus.^{[5]} For example, we may begin with a product rule for divergence followed by the divergence theorem.
A product rule for divergence:
Instead of an interval we integrate over an ndimensional domain :
After substitution using the divergence theorem we arrive at:
 .
More specifically, suppose Ω is an open bounded subset of ℝ^{n} with a piecewise smooth boundary Γ. If u and v are two continuously differentiable functions on the closure of Ω, then the formula for integration by parts is
where is the outward unit surface normal to Γ, is its ith component, and i ranges from 1 to n. In vector form, the equation reads
Replacing v in the component formula with v_{i} and summing over i gives the vector formula
where v is a vectorvalued function with components v_{1}, ..., v_{n.}
For where , one gets
which is the first Green's identity.
The regularity requirements of the theorem can be relaxed. For instance, the boundary Γ need only be Lipschitz continuous. In the first formula above, only u, v ∈ H^{1}(Ω) is necessary (where H^{1} is a Sobolev space); the other formulas have similarly relaxed requirements.
See also
 Integration by parts for the Lebesgue–Stieltjes integral
 Integration by parts for semimartingales, involving their quadratic covariation.
 Integration by substitution
 Legendre transformation
Notes
 ^ "Integration by parts". Encyclopedia of Mathematics.
 ^ Kasube, Herbert E. (1983). "A Technique for Integration by Parts". The American Mathematical Monthly. 90 (3): 210–211. doi:10.2307/2975556. JSTOR 2975556.
 ^ Khattri, Sanjay K. (2008). "FOURIER SERIES AND LAPLACE TRANSFORM THROUGH TABULAR INTEGRATION" (PDF). The Teaching of Mathematics. XI (2): 97–103.
 ^ Horowitz, David (1990). "Tabular Integration by Parts" (PDF). The College Mathematics Journal. 21 (4): 307–311. doi:10.2307/2686368. JSTOR 2686368.
 ^ Rogers, Robert C. (September 29, 2011). "The Calculus of Several Variables" (PDF).
References
 Evans, Lawrence C. (1998). Partial Differential Equations. Providence, Rhode Island: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0821807722.
 Arbogast, Todd; Bona, Jerry (2005). Methods of Applied Mathematics (PDF).
 Horowitz, David (September 1990). "Tabular Integration by Parts". The College Mathematics Journal. 21 (4): 307–311. doi:10.2307/2686368. JSTOR 2686368.
External links
The Wikibook Calculus has a page on the topic of: Integration by parts 
 Hazewinkel, Michiel, ed. (2001) [1994], "Integration by parts", Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer Science+Business Media B.V. / Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 9781556080104
 Integration by parts—from MathWorld