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I'm trying to calculate the following integral using Mathematica


This should be a simple problem; however, it took Mathematica a very long time to obtain the answer, which is 4. I asked a colleague to do it with Maple, the answer is obtained instantly. I thought may be this has something to do with the fact that Mathematica treats everthing as Complex value, so I rewrote the programm as


Unfortunately, it took Mathematica even more time to run this command. What's more unfortunate is that the obtained answer is wrong:

4 Abs[Sin[b]] Cot[b]

Does anybody know what's wrong here?

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It's even more unfortunate that Integrate[Abs[Sin[b + x]], {x, 0, 2 Pi}, Assumptions -> {b \[Element] Reals}] returns 0 for me. – b.gatessucks May 4 '13 at 14:38
@b.gatessucks. I tried your way, it returns 0, too. Is this a BUG? – user2256793 May 4 '13 at 14:48
Yes, I think so. – b.gatessucks May 4 '13 at 14:56
It does seem to be one. I've tagged appropriately. (For fun, see what happens if you use assumptions like b > 0 or b < 0, or some finite interval.) – J. M. May 4 '13 at 15:17
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FullSimplify@ Integrate[Abs@Sin[b + x] , {x, 0, 2 Pi},   Assumptions -> {0 < b < 2 Pi}]

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In[77]:= $Version

Out[77]= "9.0 for Microsoft Windows (64-bit) (January 25, 2013)"

In[73]:= Timing[All = Integrate[Abs[Sin[b + x]], {x, 0, 2*\[Pi]}]]

Out[73]= {81.073720, 4}

In[75]:= Timing[
  Integrate[Abs@Sin[b + x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}, 
   Assumptions -> {0 < b < 2 Pi}]]


Out[75]= {1.404009, 4}
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