# How do you integrate #f(x)=(x^2+x+1)(x-1)# using the product rule?

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There is no product rule for integration.

Jim H. is correct; there is no product rule for integration but there is an integration method called, Integration by Parts , that is so closely related to the product rule that the product rule can be used to derive the method. The reference contains the derivation and I will not repeat it here but I will use the method to perform the integration.

NOTE: Normally, I would not use integration by parts; I would, perform the multiplication, simplify, and then integrate each term but you requested the use of the product rule, therefore, I will use the closest possible relative to the product rule.

The integration by parts formula is:

To apply the formula to the given factors, we let:

Substituting these 4 equations into the formula:

The remaining integral is done "term-by-term", using the power rule,

Please compare the above answer with the answer that one receives, if one just performs the multiplication:

This method does not require the tedious simplification that the other method requires.