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Consider the following definite integral:
We can do this by first doing the indefinite integral:
Here we made the substitution
,
.
Then by FTCII we have:
Notice that when we make the substitution
, when , we have and when , we have .
Then we find:
So we get the right answer, when we make a substitution, if, when we introduce a new variable, we also change the limits of integration to the
appropriate limits for the new variable.
This can be very useful, when it is necessary to make multiple substitutions, or if it is inconvenient
to back substitute to the old variables, after the indefinite integral has been done.
We can see this in general as follows:
If
, then we have:
So we can convert a definite integral in the variable into another equal definite integral, in the variable , provided that:
 We substitute for everywhere, where is some chosen function of the variable .
 We substitute for ,
 For the range to we substitute the range to .
Some examples:
Here we made the substitutions:

.

.
 Lower limit:
, when .
 Upper limit:
, when .
Here we made the substitutions:

.
 .
 Lower limit:
, when .
 Upper limit:
, when .
Here we made the substitutions:

.

.
 Lower limit:
, when .
 Upper limit:
, when .
Here we made the substitutions:

,

 Lower limit:
, when .
 Upper limit:
, when .
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