# integral(abs(cos(x)),(x,0,pi))

this is for sure 2, however it evaluates to -1 !!! Is there anything wrong with the statement itself? Any suggestion?

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integral(abs(cos(x)),(x,0,pi))

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2

It is my understanding that Maxima has a difficult time with absolute values in integrals. You can get the answer using a numerical approximation via:

```
numerical_integral(abs(cos(x)),0,pi)
```

Or via `sympy`

you can use:

```
import sympy
print sympy.integrals.integrate(abs(cos(x)),(x,0,pi)).n()
```

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2015-04-26 12:06:05 -0600
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