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Tanzalin Method for easier Integration by Parts

By Murray Bourne, 12 Apr 2010

Here's a rather neat way to perform certain integrations, where we would normally use Integration by Parts method.

Tanzalin Method can be easier to follow (and could be used to check your work if you have to do Integration by Parts in an examination).

Tanzalin Method is commonly used in Indonesia. I can't find a reference to it anywhere else (in the English literature) and I couldn't find any information on Tanzalin, presumably a mathematician.

Example 1


Integration by Parts Method

First, let's see normal Integration by Parts for comparison.

We identify u, v, du and dv as follows:

u = 2x

dv = (3x − 2)6dx

du = 2dx


Integration by Parts then gives us:


\int{2}{x}{{\left({3}{x}-{2}\right)}}^{6}{\left.{d}{x}\right.} ={\frac{{{2}{x}}}{{21}}}{{\left({3}{x}-{2}\right)}}^{7}-{\frac{{2}}{{21}}}\int{{\left({3}{x}-{2}\right)}}^{7}{\left.{d}{x}\right.}

Now, we find the unknown integral:


Putting it together, we have:


We can then factor and simplify this to give:


The Tanzalin Method is somewhat less messy.

Example 1, now using Tanzalin Method

In the Tanzalin Method, we set up a table as follows. In the first column are successive derivatives of the simplest polynomial term of our integral. (We need to choose this term for the derivatives column because it will disappear after a few steps.)

In the second column are the integrals of the second term of the integral.

We just multiply the 2 terms with green background in the table (the original 2x term and the first integral term). We don't change the sign of this term.

We then multiply the 2 terms with yellow background (the first derivative and the second integral term). We assign a negative sign to the product, as shown.

The answer for the integral is just the sum of the 2 terms in the final column.

The question again, for reference:


Derivatives Integrals Sign Same-color Products
2x (3x − 2)6    
2 \frac{1}{21}(3x-2)^7 + \frac{2x}{21}(3x-2)^7
0 \frac{1}{504}(3x-2)^8 -\frac{1}{252}(3x-2)^8

Summing the 4th column:


(We add the constant of integration, C only at the end, not in the table.)

We can then factor and simplify this to give:


Example 2


We'll go straight to the Tanzalin Method.

Derivatives Integrals Sign Same-color Products
x sin x    
1 −cos x + x cos x
0 −sin x sin x

We multiplied (x) by (−cos x) and we didn't change the sign.

We then multiplied (1) by (−sin x) and changed the sign.

Adding the final column gives us the answer:


Example 3


Using the Tanzalin Method requires 4 rows in the table this time, since there is one more derivative to find in this case.

We need to alternate the signs (3rd column), so our 4th row will have a positive sign.

Derivatives Integrals Sign Same-color Products
x2 (x-1)^\frac{1}{2}    
2x \frac{2}{3}(x-1)^\frac{3}{2} + \frac{2x^2}{3}(x-1)^\frac{3}{2}
2 \large{\frac{4}{15}(x-1)^{\frac{5}{2}}} \large{-\frac{8x}{15}(x-1)^{\frac{5}{2}}}
0 \large{\frac{8}{105}(x-1)^{\frac{7}{2}}} + \large{\frac{16}{105}(x-1)^{\frac{7}{2}}}

So our final answer is:

\int{x^2\sqrt{x-1}}dx ={\frac{2x^2}{3}(x-1)^{\frac{3}{2}}-}{\frac{8x}{15}(x-1)^{\frac{5}{2}}+}{\frac{16}{105}(x-1)^{\frac{7}{2}}}+C

Example 4 - a Problem Arises

This is the same question as Example 3 in the Integration by Parts section in IntMath.


We need to choose ln 4x (natural logarithm of 4x) for the first column this time, following the Integration by Parts priority recommendations of:

  1. log of x,
  2. x raised to a power
  3. e raised to power x

[Note: If we choose the other way round, we would have to find integrals of ln 4x, which is not pretty (and certainly no easier than doing it all using Integration by Parts. See Example 6 on this page: Integration by Parts).

Derivatives Integrals Sign Same-color Products
ln 4x x2    
\frac{1}{x}  \frac{x^3}{3} + \frac{x^3\ln4x}{3}
-\frac{1}{x^2} \frac{x^4}{12} -\frac{x^3}{12}
\frac{2}{x^3} \frac{x^5}{60} + -\frac{x^3}{60}

When do we stop? The derivatives column will continue to grow, as will the integrals column. The Tanzalin Method requires one of the columns to "disappear" (have value 0) so we have somewhere to stop.

So our final answer is:

\int{x^2}\ln{4x}\,dx =\frac{x^3\ln4x}{3}-\left(\frac{1}{12}+\frac{1}{60}+\frac{1}{180}+\frac{1}{420}+\ldots\right)x^3+C

That expression in brackets must equal 1/9 (since this is the answer we got using Integration by Parts), but as you can see, it is not a Geometric Progression and would take some figuring out.


While Tanzalin Method only handles integrals involving (at least one) polynomial expressions, it is worth considering as a simpler way of writing Integration by Parts questions.

See the 55 Comments below.

55 Comments on “Tanzalin Method for easier Integration by Parts”

  1. imran ali says:

    thanx its the better way to solve by parts


  2. OKOTH - ODOLLO says:

    Thanks a million. This is very helpful!!!!!!

  3. John Hocutt says:

    Great article.

    Turns out that the Tanzalin Method is taught in the US, thought it goes by the name "Tabular Integration by Parts". Paul Foerster teaches the technique in his text *Calculus Concepts and Applications*. I get no commission for recommending his text, but I've found Foerster's text to be one of the best HS level calculus texts around... When my students were having difficulty with Stewart's text, I'd often turn to Foerster to clarify the difficulty.

    The approach gives students a terrific way to organize the large volume of intermediate steps that result in a regular integration by parts.

    -Johh Hocutt
    Mr Math & Science

  4. ahmad says:

    hi, its a very nice method. Saves time. Its known here in pakistan as the 'tabular' method. 🙂
    A friend taught this to me a week ago but the way you've explained it is a lot better!

  5. Kalakay says:

    Thanks a lot!
    It was clear (about Tanzalin Method), but I still want to know who is Tanzalin. Please give me a reference!

  6. Murray says:

    @John: Thanks for the Foerster recommendation - looks good.

    @Kalakay: As I said, I couldn't find any reference to him (or her). Can anyone shed light on who this person is?

  7. Salek Raihan says:

    In a word great. Thanks for publishing.

  8. godfrey says:

    great stuff makes me feel like i can create a simpler method. keep the methods cruising guys!

  9. godfrey says:

    is tanzalin alive?

  10. Murray says:

    Hi Godfrey. As I said in the article, I can't track "Tanzalin" down at all. I don't even know if it is a person!

    Anyone else know anything?

  11. nandan says:


  12. benjoe says:

    thanks for the stuff guys. but I just wanna know who is tanzalin?

  13. benjoe says:

    The Tanzalin Method is similar to my shortcut method of integration by parts. but my method is much more easy than tanzalin.

  14. DEPR says:

    its a good way of solving integration by parts, am sure wil find some better solution for the one having no polynomial.

  15. Alan says:

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. One of my book called it as "DI-agonal Method", which D starts for Differentiate and I as Integrate.

  16. Nick says:

    Thank you very much for this additional method to performing integration by parts!

    I only have one comment to make, and that is that an error in your integral in Example 3 has made two "parts" of the integral be wrong by a factor of two.

    Looking at the table, where it says "2/15(x-1)^(5/2)," it should read "4/15..." with the same thing.

    I just thought I should clarify, just in case someone comes in and is learning integration fresh and gets a bit confused.

    EXCELLENT work, though. Really. This and all the other integral articles you have are extremely easy to understand and thorough. Nice job.

  17. Murray says:

    Hi Nick. You are so right! I amended the post and fixed the flow-on errors as well.

    Thanks for the helpful feedback.

  18. Peter Mulendema says:

    The Integration method shown is wonderfull. It made me feel happy and like maths even more. This web is very exciting and knowledge building. i will always be a memmber. Keep it up.

  19. Lik Mie says:

    Hay. You method integration become take eassy and I always be a member.Sip nice god job

  20. Servantone says:

    xample 6 on this page: Integration by Parts).

    sign diff. int wt x

    + ----> ln 4x ----> x^2 horizontlly +int x^2ln4x dx

    - ----> 1/x ----> x^3/3 horizontlly -int 1/x(x^3/3)dx

    diagonal +(\ln 4x)(x^3/3)
    stop stop stop

    It can be written as

    +int x^2ln4x dx=(\ln 4x)(x^3/3)-int 1/x(x^3/3)dx
    =(\ln 4x)(x^3/3)-int(x^2/3)dx
    =(\ln 4x)(x^3/3)-x^3/9)+C.

  21. Murray says:

    @Servantone: I think you mean Example 3 on the Integration by Parts page.

    Thanks for your input!

  22. pascal tambo thomas says:

    question:integrate sin^2x using method of integration by parts

  23. Leke Olusegun says:

    I really love dis method.I think i will go and teach it to my friends here in the university of Benin,Benin city.Nigeria..Thanks a million

  24. 123 says:

    intergral lnx=

  25. Murray says:

    @ "123": This page is linked to in the article: Integration by Parts, and Example 6 covers your question.

  26. Murray says:

    Hi Pascal. This is one way to do it: Wolfram]Alpha's solution (although they are not using integration by parts)

  27. saed says:

    it is very easy for us.but this way has been not mark by tacher.thanks

  28. Murray says:

    @Saed: That is sad to hear, Saed. Students need to do the same number of differentiations and integrations as the normal method, but it's just easier to follow.

    Perhaps you could send your teacher the link to this article and maybe they might change their mind?

  29. Murray says:

    @Saed: That is sad to hear, Saed. Students need to do the same number of differentiations and integrations as the normal method, but it's just easier to follow.

    Perhaps you could send your teacher the link to this article and maybe they might change their mind?

  30. vijay kachhadiya says:

    Oh !!!! That's much much easier than the integration by parts ..

    I will definately teach this method to my students in my class...

    Thank u very much ....!

  31. Richard says:

    This is excellent but I think it would be well worth mentioning that this method does not "only handle integrals involving (at least one) polynomial expressions"--it does!

    In example 4, you can stop at line 2 and treat the integral of the product of the terms as the "remainder" term. In general, any time the product of two columns is something easily integrable (not in my spell checker) you can stop and take the integral.

    This method also works for Int (e^x sin(x)) when you realize that the 3rd line is the same as the 1st.

  32. Murray says:

    @Richard: Thanks for the comments - and for the extra resource.

  33. roel says:

    there another method. it the same as the original, but it lets you write everything in one step. i have not seen it on any other page
    if some one can write this in a clearer form, please do

  34. Murray says:

    @Roel - Yes, that's the standard way of writing integration by parts. Tanzalin Method is somewhat more systematic and probably easier to follow for many students.

  35. shivampire says:

    ONLY APPLICABLE for integrands in which one function BECOMES 0

  36. Murray says:

    Correct, shivampire. That's what my last paragraph means (under the heading "Conclusion").

  37. Beb says:


    On example 4 in the derivative column isn't the derivative of ln(4x) just 1/4x(4)=4/4x

    whereas you have put its just 1/x ????

  38. Murray says:

    @Beb: We are both correct! Your answer is:


    Another way to think of it (using log laws) is that log(4x) = log(4) + log(x). The first is a constant, so its derivative is 0, and the second has derivative 1/x.

  39. Beb says:

    Oh yeah i see now ,its so obvious , must have just slipped my mind (: ,

    Thanks for the reply. Great site.


    Hello everybody.
    I am facing some problem doing some integrations with this method.
    The problem is:

    $(e^2t)(cos e^t) dt

    take the dollar sign as the integration sign. And ^ means"to the power". "e^2t" means" e to the power 2t" . Thus understand the problem and help me solve it.

  41. Murray says:

    @Muhammad: This page will get you started: Integration Exponential Form

  42. Höddi says:

    Hi there!
    I have a bit of a problem with the priorities for choosing u on this page:

    when priorities number 2 and 3 are switched in example 4 on this page.

    please clarify which one is the correct one.
    Thank you!

  43. Murray says:

    @Hoddi: The overall "rule" that we follow is "The function u is chosen so that du/dx is simpler than u."

    This is because we are aiming to find a simpler integral that can be done in one step. The "u" part must give us a simpler expression when we differentiate it (and even simpler again if we need to do more than one step.)

    The suggested priorities don't always achieve this "overall" rule - they are just suggestions for getting started.

    It usually becomes clear after a number of steps that we are indeed making things simpler.

  44. Wellington Banda says:

    to me haw ever this methode is so what ambigous.There fore l would prefare intergration by parts.thank you though

  45. janvi says:

    can u please explain the case of defenite integrals by tanzalin method? is it right to put limits to the last answer?

  46. Murray says:

    @janvi: Yes, you would make a statement like, "And now for the definite integral" and then just add the limits (but remove the constant "+ C" first).

  47. Tushar says:

    We have this method in our textbook. However, it is called the arrow method and is expressesd as a horizontal table with diagonal arrows. Any news on Tanzalin? Who is s/he? Anyways, your explanation is quite detailed and I'm glad to learn what this method does in case of lnx or e(not mentioned in our textbook).You just saved me from some confusing times. Thanks a lot !!

  48. Murray says:

    @Tushar: You're welcome - glad it was useful. Nobody has yet shed any light on who Tanzalin was!

  49. Sham M R says:

    I am not sure how this method was affiliated as Tanzalian method. But the original equation was given by Bernoulli as follows,

    If u and v are functions of x, then Bernoulli’s form of integration by parts formula is
    ?udv = uv – u?v1+u??v2 -u???v3+…
    Where u?,u??, u???…. are successive derivatives of the function u and v1,v2,v3…. the successive integrals of the function v.

    The base for Tanzalian method is Bernoulli's equation. Only thing is it lists the terms in tabular form. For someone who is familiar with calculus, applying Bernoulli's theorem straightaway would be much faster.

  50. Murray says:

    @Sham: Thanks for the extra information about Bernoulli's approach.

  51. janette says:

    i appreciate the method. An elegant solution.

  52. Deepak Suwalka says:

    Thanks, my friend. That's really interesting. I like the way you have solved problems of integration without using integration by parts formula. But if you provide various applications of it then it will be a better post.

  53. Abhijeet says:

    Sir please have a blog on stirlling'approximation for n!

  54. Luis Almeida says:

    Thanks a lot! This method isn't know at all here in Brazil. We tend to use only the standard integration by parts.

  55. Aashirwad Mishra says:

    Great method! , although wouldn't be using it cause of the time consumption

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