`int 8^(-x) dx` Find the indefinite integral

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By definition, if the function  F(x) is the antiderivative of f(x) then we follow

the indefinite integral as `int f(x) dx = F(x)+C`

 where: f(x) as the integrand

           F(x) as the anti-derivative function 

           C  as the arbitrary constant known as constant of integration

 For the problem` int 8^(-x) dx,` we may apply u-substitution then basic formula for exponential function.


Using u-substitution, we let `u = -x`  then` du = -1 dx` .

By dividing both sides by -1 in `du = -1 dx` , we get `-1 du = dx` .

Applying u-substitution using` -x =u ` and dx=-1 du in ` int 8^(-x) dx`

, we get:  `int 8^(u) * (-1) du =  -1 int 8^u du`


Applying the basic integration formula for exponential function: 

`int a^u du = a^u/(ln(a)) +C` where a is a constant.

  Then `(-1) int 8^u du = 8^u/(ln(8)) +C`

To express  it in terms of x, we plug-in u=-x to get:

`-8^(-x)/(ln(8)) +C`

Recall `8 = 2^3` . It can be also be written as:


Recall the logarithm property:` ln(x^n) = n ln(x)` then` ln(2^3) = 3 ln(2)`

It becomes 

 The final answer can be `-8^(-x)/(ln(8))+c ` or  `-2^(-3x)/(3ln(2))+C` .