# Differential binomial

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

An expression of the type

$$x^m(a+bx^n)^pdx,$$

where $a$ and $b$ are real numbers, while $m$, $n$ and $p$ are rational numbers. The indefinite integral of a differential binomial,

$$\int x^m(a+bx^n)^pdx,$$

is reduced to an integral of rational functions if at least one of the numbers $p$, $(m+1)/n$ and $p+(m+1)/n$ is an integer. In all other cases, the integral of a differential binomial cannot be expressed by elementary functions (P.L. Chebyshev, 1853).

#### Comments

The statement on the reduction to an integral of rational functions is called the Chebyshev theorem on the integration of binomial differentials.

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Differential binomial.

*Encyclopedia of Mathematics.*URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Differential_binomial&oldid=43637

This article was adapted from an original article by L.D. Kudryavtsev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article