In
calculusCalculus is a branch of mathematics focused on limits, functions, derivatives, integrals, and infinite series. This subject constitutes a major part of modern mathematics education. It has two major branches, differential calculus and integral calculus, which are related by the fundamental theorem...
, and more generally in
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integration by parts is a rule that transforms the
integralIntegration is an important concept in mathematics and, together with its inverse, differentiation, is one of the two main operations in calculus...
of products of functions into other (ideally simpler) integrals. The rule can be derived in one line by simply integrating the
product ruleIn calculus, the product rule is a formula used to find the derivatives of products of two or more functions. It may be stated thus:'=f'\cdot g+f\cdot g' \,\! or in the Leibniz notation thus:...
of
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.
If
u =
f(
x),
v =
g(
x), and the differentials
du =
f '(
x)
dx and
dv =
g'(
x)
dx, then integration by parts states that

or simply:
Rule
Suppose
f(
x) and
g(
x) are two continuously differentiable
functionsIn mathematics, a function associates one quantity, the argument of the function, also known as the input, with another quantity, the value of the function, also known as the output. A function assigns exactly one output to each input. The argument and the value may be real numbers, but they can...
. The
product ruleIn calculus, the product rule is a formula used to find the derivatives of products of two or more functions. It may be stated thus:'=f'\cdot g+f\cdot g' \,\! or in the Leibniz notation thus:...
states
Integrating both sides gives
Rearranging terms
From the above one can derive the integration by parts rule, which states that, given an
intervalIn mathematics, a interval is a set of real numbers with the property that any number that lies between two numbers in the set is also included in the set. For example, the set of all numbers satisfying is an interval which contains and , as well as all numbers between them...
with endpoints
a and
b,
with the common notation
The rule is shown to be true by using the
product ruleIn calculus, the product rule is a formula used to find the derivatives of products of two or more functions. It may be stated thus:'=f'\cdot g+f\cdot g' \,\! or in the Leibniz notation thus:...
for derivatives and the
fundamental theorem of calculusThe first part of the theorem, sometimes called the first fundamental theorem of calculus, shows that an indefinite integration can be reversed by a differentiation...
. Thus

In the traditional calculus curriculum, the rule is often stated using indefinite integrals in the form
or, if u = f(x), v = g(x) and the differentials du = f ′(x) dx and dv = g′(x) dx, then it is in the form most often seen:
This formula can be interpreted to mean that the area under the graph of a function u(v) is the same as the area of the rectangle u v minus the area above the graph.
The original integral contains the derivative of g; in order to be able to apply the rule, the antiderivativeIn calculus, an "antiderivative", antiderivative, primitive integral or indefinite integralof a function f is a function F whose derivative is equal to f, i.e., F ′ = f...
g must be found, and then the resulting integral ∫g f ′ dx must be evaluated.
One can also formulate a discrete analogue for sequences, called summation by parts.
An alternative notation has the advantage that the factors of the original expression are identified as f(x) and g(x):
This formula is valid whenever f(x) is continuously differentiable and g(x) is continuous.
More general formulations of integration by parts exist for the Riemann–Stieltjes integral and Lebesgue–Stieltjes integral.
More complicated forms of the rule are also valid:
Strategy
Integration by parts is a heuristicHeuristic refers to experiencebased techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution, where an exhaustive search is impractical...
rather than a purely mechanical process for solving integrals; given a single function to integrate, the typical strategy is to carefully separate it into a product of two functions ƒ(x)g(x) such that the integral produced by the integration by parts formula is easier to evaluate than the original one. The following form is useful in illustrating the best strategy to take:
Note that on the righthand side, ƒ is differentiated and g is integrated; consequently it is useful to choose ƒ as a function that simplifies when differentiated, and/or to choose g as a function that simplifies when integrated. As a simple example, consider:
Since the derivative of ln x is 1/x, we make this part of ƒ; since the antiderivative of 1/x^{2} is −1/x, we make this part of g. The formula now yields:
The remaining integral of −1/x^{2} can be completed with the power rule and is 1/x.
Alternatively, we may choose ƒ and g such that the product simplifies due to cancellation. For example, suppose we wish to integrate:
If we choose ƒ(x) = ln(sin x) and g(x) = 1/(cos x)^{2}, then ƒ differentiates to 1/tan x using the chain ruleIn calculus, the chain rule is a formula for computing the derivative of the composition of two or more functions. That is, if f is a function and g is a function, then the chain rule expresses the derivative of the composite function in terms of the derivatives of f and g.In integration, the...
and g 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 analysisNumerical analysis is the study of algorithms that use numerical approximation for the problems of mathematical 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.
Integrals with powers of x or e^{x}
In order to calculate:
Let:


Then:
where C is an arbitrary constant of integrationIn calculus, the indefinite integral of a given function is only defined up to an additive constant, the constant of integration. This constant expresses an ambiguity inherent in the construction of antiderivatives...
.
By repeatedly using integration by parts, integrals such as
can be computed in the same fashion: each application of the rule lowers the power of x by one.
An unusual example commonly used to examine the workings of integration by parts is
Here, integration by parts is performed twice. First let

and

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
where, again, C (and C' = C/2) is an arbitrary constant of integrationIn calculus, the indefinite integral of a given function is only defined up to an additive constant, the constant of integration. This constant expresses an ambiguity inherent in the construction of antiderivatives...
.
A similar method is used to find the integral of secant cubed.
Interchange of the order of integration
For an example of the following type of notation see Multiple integral#Formulae of reduction.
The above formulation includes the technique of interchange of the order of integration, which is not usually viewed in this manner. Consider the iterated integral:
In the order written above, the strip of width dx is integrated first over the ydirection (a strip of width dx in the x direction is integrated with respect to the y variable across the y direction) as shown in the left panel of the figure, which is inconvenient especially when function h(y) is not easily integrated. The integral can be reduced to a single integration by reversing the order of integration as shown in the right panel of the figure. To accomplish this interchange of variables, the strip of width dy is first integrated from the line x = y to the limit x = z, and then the result is integrated from y = a to y = z, resulting in:
This result can be seen to be an example of the above formula for integration by parts, repeated below:
Substitute:
Which gives the result.
More examples
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, again, C is the constant of integration.
The second example is ∫ arctan(x) dx, where arctan(x) is the inverse tangent function. Rewrite this as
Now let:


Then

using a combination of the inverse chain rule method and the natural logarithm integral condition.
Here is an example:



Liate rule
A rule of thumbA rule of thumb is a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination...
proposed by Herbert Kasube of Bradley University advises that whichever function comes first in the following list should be u:
 L: Logarithmic functions: ln x, log_{b} x, etc.
 I: Inverse trigonometric function
In mathematics, the inverse trigonometric functions are the inverse functions of the trigonometric functions with suitably restricted domains .The notations sin−1, cos−1, etc...
s: arctan x, arcsec x, etc.
 A: Algebraic functions
In mathematics, a polynomial is an expression of finite length constructed from variables and constants, using only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and nonnegative integer exponents...
: x^{2}, 3x^{50}, etc.
 T: Trigonometric functions: sin x, tan x, etc.
 E: Exponential function
In mathematics, the exponential function is the function ex, where e is the number such that the function ex is its own derivative. The exponential function is used to model a relationship in which a constant change in the independent variable gives the same proportional change In mathematics,...
s: e^{x}, 19^{x}, etc.
The function which is to be dv is whichever comes last in the list: functions lower on the list have easier antiderivativeIn calculus, an "antiderivative", antiderivative, primitive integral or indefinite integralof a function f is a function F whose derivative is equal to f, i.e., F ′ = f...
s 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 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
Recursive integration by parts
Integration by parts can often be applied recursiveRecursion is the process of repeating items in a selfsimilar way. For instance, when the surfaces of two mirrors are exactly parallel with each other the nested images that occur are a form of infinite recursion. The term has a variety of meanings specific to a variety of disciplines ranging from...
ly on the term to provide the following formula
Here, is the first derivative of and is the second derivative. Further, is a notation to describe its nth derivative with respect to the independent variable. Another notation approved in the calculus theory has been adopted:
There are n + 1 integrals.
Note that the integrand above (uv) differs from the previous equation. The dv factor has been written as v purely for convenience.
The above mentioned form is convenient because it can be evaluated by differentiating the first term and integrating the second (with a sign reversal each time), starting out with uv_{1}. It is very useful especially in cases when u^{(k+1)} becomes zero for some k + 1. Hence, the integral evaluation can stop once the u^{(k)} term has been reached.
Tabular integration by parts
While the aforementioned recursiveRecursion is the process of repeating items in a selfsimilar way. For instance, when the surfaces of two mirrors are exactly parallel with each other the nested images that occur are a form of infinite recursion. The term has a variety of meanings specific to a variety of disciplines ranging from...
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", "the Stand and DeliverStand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film, based on the true story of high school mathematics teacher Jaime Escalante. Edward James Olmos portrayed Escalante in the film and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.Plot:...
method", "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 functions that will repeat themselves.
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.
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). Do so until further pairing is impossible. 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
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 obtaining:
which leads to
and yields the result:
Higher dimensions
The formula for integration by parts can be extended to functions of several variables. Instead of an interval one needs to integrate over an ndimensional set. Also, one replaces the derivative with a partial derivativeIn mathematics, a partial derivative of a function of several variables is its derivative with respect to one of those variables, with the others held constant...
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More specifically, suppose Ω is an openThe concept of an open set is fundamental to many areas of mathematics, especially pointset topology and metric topology. Intuitively speaking, a set U is open if any point x in U can be "moved" a small amount in any direction and still be in the set U...
bounded subsetIn mathematical analysis and related areas of mathematics, a set is called bounded, if it is, in a certain sense, of finite size. Conversely, a set which is not bounded is called unbounded...
of with a piecewise smooth boundaryIn topology and mathematics in general, the boundary of a subset S of a topological space X is the set of points which can be approached both from S and from the outside of S. More precisely, it is the set of points in the closure of S, not belonging to the interior of S. An element of the boundary...
. If u and v are two continuously differentiableIn mathematical analysis, a differentiability class is a classification of functions according to the properties of their derivatives. Higher order differentiability classes correspond to the existence of more derivatives. Functions that have derivatives of all orders are called smooth.Most of...
functions on the closureIn mathematics, the closure of a subset S in a topological space consists of all points in S plus the limit points of S. Intuitively, these are all the points that are "near" S. A point which is in the closure of S is a point of closure of S...
of Ω, then the formula for integration by parts is
where is the outward unit surface normalA surface normal, or simply normal, to a flat surface is a vector that is perpendicular to that surface. A normal to a nonflat surface at a point P on the surface is a vector perpendicular to the tangent plane to that surface at P. The word "normal" is also used as an adjective: a line normal to a...
to , is its ith component, and i ranges from 1 to n.
We can obtain a more general form of the integration by parts by replacing v in the above formula with v_{i} and summing over i gives the vector formula
where v is a vectorvalued function with components v_{1}, ..., v_{n}.
Setting u equal to the constant function 1 in the above formula gives the divergence theoremIn vector calculus, the divergence theorem, also known as Gauss' theorem , Ostrogradsky's theorem , or Gauss–Ostrogradsky theorem is a result that relates the flow of a vector field through a surface to the behavior of the vector field inside the surface.More precisely, the divergence theorem...
. For where , one gets
which is the first Green's identityIn mathematics, Green's identities are a set of three identities in vector calculus. They are named after the mathematician George Green, who discovered Green's theorem.Green's first identity:...
.
The regularity requirements of the theorem can be relaxed. For instance, the boundary need only be Lipschitz continuous. In the first formula above, only is necessary (where H^{1} is a Sobolev spaceIn mathematics, a Sobolev space is a vector space of functions equipped with a norm that is a combination of Lpnorms of the function itself as well as its derivatives up to a given order. The derivatives are understood in a suitable weak sense to make the space complete, thus a Banach space...
); the other formulas have similarly relaxed requirements.
See also
 Integration by parts for the Lebesgue–Stieltjes integral
 Integration by parts for semimartingale
In probability theory, a real valued process X is called a semimartingale if it can be decomposed as the sum of a local martingale and an adapted finitevariation process....
s, involving their quadratic covariation.
 Integration by substitution
In calculus, integration by substitution is a method for finding antiderivatives and integrals. Using the fundamental theorem of calculus often requires finding an antiderivative. For this and other reasons, integration by substitution is an important tool for mathematicians...
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