# Need Help(IIT Problem)

Q - If $$f(x) = \displaystyle\int_1^x \dfrac{\ln t}{1 + t} \text{dt}$$ where $$x > 0$$ ,
Then the value of x satisfying the equation $f(x) + f\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right) = 2$ is

I attacked the question in this way,
$f(x) + f\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right) = 2$
Differentiating both sides with respect to x.
$f'(x) + f'\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right)\cdot \dfrac{-1}{x^2} = 0 \quad \quad ...1$

Applying leibniz theorem in the given integral,
$f'(x) = \dfrac{\ln x}{1+x} \quad \quad f'\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right) = \cfrac{\ln\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)}{1 + \frac{1}{x}} = \dfrac{-x \ln x}{1 + x}$
Substituting values of $f(x) \ and \ f'\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right)$ in equation 1 ,

$\dfrac{\ln x}{1+x} = \dfrac{x \ln x}{1 + x}$
$\boxed{x = 1}$

Note by Akhil Bansal
5 years, 10 months ago

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The error in your method is that you differentiated both sides of a non-identical equation. Only functions (implicit or explicit) and identities can be differentiated (this is one of the basic rules of differentiation).

The statement $f(x)+f(1/x)=2$ is an equation in terms of $x$ which holds true for a finite set of values of $x$, i.e., the equality here is non-identical. As such, you can't differentiate it w.r.t $x$.

The answers on this post highlights the fallacy of differentiating an equation which is not an identity.

- 5 years, 10 months ago

Thanks both of you.

- 5 years, 10 months ago

I think that you first need to look at the function $g(x) = f(x) + f\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right)$ in general.

Then $g'(x) = f'(x) + f'\left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right)*\dfrac{-1}{x^{2}} = \dfrac{\ln(x)}{1 + x} + \dfrac{\ln(x)}{x(1 + x)} = \dfrac{x\ln{x} + \ln(x)}{x(1 + x)} = \dfrac{\ln(x)}{x}.$

Integrate using the substitution $u = \ln(x)$ to find that $g(x) = \dfrac{1}{2}(\ln(x))^{2} + C.$

Next, since $g(1) = 0$ we see that $C = 0,$ and so $g(x) = \dfrac{1}{2}(\ln(x))^{2}.$

Finally, for this to equal $2$ we need to have $(\ln(x))^{2} = 4 \Longrightarrow \ln(x) = \pm 2,$

and so either $x = e^{2}$ or $x = \dfrac{1}{e^{2}}.$

- 5 years, 10 months ago

I really liked your solution,great observation that $g(1) = 0$ .Thanks!

- 5 years, 10 months ago

- 5 years, 10 months ago

I am getting $x=e^2$

- 5 years, 10 months ago

Correct answer is $e^2$ and $e^{-2}$

- 5 years, 10 months ago

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- 5 years, 9 months ago

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- 5 years, 9 months ago

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