# Video: Finding the Integration of a Rational Function by Using Integration by Substitution

Determine ∫ −2𝑥/(𝑥 + 8)² d𝑥.

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Determine the integral of negative two 𝑥 over 𝑥 plus eight squared with respect to 𝑥.

We can solve this integration problem by substitution. Our first step is to let 𝑢 equal 𝑥 plus eight. This means that the denominator will become 𝑢 squared. If 𝑢 is equal to 𝑥 plus eight, then d𝑢 d𝑥, the differential, is equal to one. Whilst the d𝑢 and d𝑥 technically can’t be split, for the purposes of integration by substitution, we can now write that d𝑢 is equal to d𝑥. This enables us to eliminate d𝑥 from the initial integration. The final thing we need to eliminate is the 𝑥 on the numerator. As 𝑢 is equal to 𝑥 plus eight, then 𝑥 will be equal to 𝑢 minus eight.

We can now substitute in these values so we have an integration in terms of 𝑢. The numerator becomes negative two multiplied by 𝑢 minus eight. The denominator is 𝑢 squared. As d𝑢 was equal to d𝑥, we can now integrate this with respect to 𝑢. Distributing the parentheses gives us negative two 𝑢 plus 16. We can now split the numerator so that we have two terms that we can integrate individually. The first term becomes negative two 𝑢 over 𝑢 squared. We can then cancel our 𝑢, leaving us with negative two over 𝑢. The second term becomes 16 over 𝑢 squared.

We’re now going to integrate negative two over 𝑢 and 16 over 𝑢 squared with respect to 𝑢 individually. At this point, it is worth recalling a couple of our key laws or rules of integration. If we’re integrating the constant 𝑎 over 𝑥 with respect to 𝑥, this is equal to 𝑎 ln of 𝑥 plus 𝑐. The integral of negative two over 𝑢 is therefore negative two ln 𝑢. For our second term, it is worth rewriting 16 over 𝑢 squared as 16𝑢 to the power of negative two.

We can then use our general rule for integrating that the integral of 𝑎𝑥 to the power of 𝑛 with respect to 𝑥 is equal to 𝑎𝑥 to the power of 𝑛 plus one over 𝑛 plus one plus 𝑐. The integral of 16𝑢 to the power of negative two is therefore 16𝑢 to the power of negative one over negative one. Dividing a positive number by a negative number gives us a negative. Therefore, this simplifies to negative 16𝑢 to the power of negative one. This in turn can be rewritten as negative 16 over 𝑢. We now need to return to our initial substitution, 𝑢 equals 𝑥 plus eight, and substitute this back in. This gives us negative two ln of 𝑥 plus eight minus 16 over 𝑥 plus eight. Our last step is to add our constant of integration 𝑐. We must do this every time we’re dealing with an indefinite integral.

The integral of negative two 𝑥 over 𝑥 plus eight all squared with respect to 𝑥 is negative two ln of 𝑥 plus eight minus 16 over 𝑥 plus eight plus 𝑐. Note that we use the absolute value or modulus when dealing with any logs.