Integrating (cos x) ^ 4 – Even Powers of Cosine and Sine
Integrating (cos x) ^ 4 – Even Powers of Cosine and Sine

Integrate cos^34x

Integrate cos^34x

To integrate cos^34x, also written as ∫cos34x dx, cos cubed 4x, cos^3(4x), and (cos 4x)^3, we start by using a standard trig identity to change the form.

By factoring out one of the cos4x terms, we can bring the power down to 2.

We recall the Pythagorean trig identity and rearrange it for cos4x squared term.

We substitute the rearranged trig identity into our integration problem. The substituted part is within the brackets.


We let u = sin4x.


Then du/dx = 4cos4x. If you wish to know how to do this differentiation, then you can see it at the bottom of this page.

Expression for du.

We rearrange the previous expression for du. As you can see, cos4x dx terms are the same as that in our integration problem. The only issue is with the constant multiplier 4, which prevents us from making a straight swap with du. In order to solve this issue we play a little trick as shown below.

If we were to multiply ¼ by 4, then the result would be 1 and we have not changed anything. However, the 4cos4x dx terms can now be removed, and we replace it with du instead. We can also replace the sin4x term within the brackets with u. As you can see, we now have a new expression that means the same thing, but is in terms of u and du.

We multiply out the brackets, and integrate each term separately. The first term is a simple integration of a constant ¼ which results in (¼)u. The second term is also a simple integration of u squared.

Hence, this is the intermediate result in terms of u. All that remains now is to replace u with sin4x to give the final answer.

Final Answer.

Hence, this is the final answer.

Differentiate sin4x

Differentiate sin4x

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