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Inversely Integrating An Inverse (Posted on 2008-10-15) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Evaluate this definite integral:

∫ [1/y]-1 dy

Note: [x] is the greatest integer ≤ x.

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Solution Numerical answer | Comment 1 of 3

For purposes of taking the floor (integer part) function,

n <= 1/y < n+1


1/(n+1) < y <= 1/n

The width (taking y as being laid out horizontally, as the independent variable) of a given rectangle making up part of the area will be

1/n - 1/(n+1) = 1/(n(n+1))

where the height is 1/n.

This makes the area of that portion of the integral equal to

a = 1/(n^2 * (n+1))

And the total area is the sum of these for n=1 to infinity.

Summing this via computer program

FOR n = 1 TO 1000000
  t = t + 1 / (n * n * (n + 1))
  PRINT n, t
  IF t = prevT THEN
    ctDown = ctDown + 1
    IF ctDown > 10 THEN EXIT FOR
  prevT = t

gives a numeric answer of .6449340668423813 as the approximation.

This was reached at n = 262,102 and remained constant, to that degree of accuracy, thereafter.

  Posted by Charlie on 2008-10-15 12:28:38
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