Ngô Quốc Anh

April 25, 2013

The Cauchy formula for repeated integration

Filed under: Các Bài Tập Nhỏ, Giải Tích 2 — Ngô Quốc Anh @ 23:41

The Cauchy formula for repeated integration, named after Augustin Louis Cauchy, allows one to compress n antidifferentiations of a function into a single integral.

Let f be a continuous function on the real line. Then the n-th repeated integral of f based at a,

\displaystyle f^{(-n)}(x) = \int_a^x \int_a^{\sigma_1} \cdots \int_a^{\sigma_{n-1}} f(\sigma_{n}) \, \mathrm{d}\sigma_{n} \cdots \, \mathrm{d}\sigma_2 \, \mathrm{d}\sigma_1,

is given by single integration

\displaystyle f^{(-n)}(x) = \frac{1}{(n-1)!} \int_a^x\left(x-t\right)^{n-1} f(t)\,\mathrm{d}t.

A proof is given by induction. Since f is continuous, the base case follows from the Fundamental theorem of calculus

\displaystyle\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x} f^{(-1)}(x) = \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}\int_a^x f(t)\,\mathrm{d}t = f(x);


\displaystyle f^{(-1)}(a) = \int_a^a f(t)\,\mathrm{d}t = 0.


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