# Primitive of exp x over x has no Solution in Elementary Functions

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## Contents

## Theorem

The primitive:

- $\displaystyle \int \frac {e^{a x} \, \mathrm d x} x$

cannot be expressed in terms of a finite number of elementary functions.

## Proof

## Also see

## Historical Note

The proof that $\displaystyle \int \dfrac {e^x \, \mathrm d x} x$ cannot be expressed with a finite number of elementary functions was first proved by Joseph Liouville.

## Sources

- 1958: G.E.H. Reuter:
*Elementary Differential Equations & Operators*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $1$: Linear Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients: $\S 1$. The first order equation: $\S 1.2$ The integrating factor:*Example*$2$ - 1992: George F. Simmons:
*Calculus Gems*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $\text {A}.29$: Liouville ($\text {1809}$ – $\text {1882}$)