Video Errata: The rule of thumb mentioned in the video is not always true. Rather than worrying about the size of the powers when dealing with powers of trig functions time powers of trig functions, it’s better to consider which one can be reduced down in terms of the other after differentiating and then using trig identities. This often involves, but not always, the Pythagorean identities. You can then let \(u\) be the trig function you can write the other in terms of. For this problem, by letting \(u = \sin(x)\), you run into issues because you’ll have to deal with a single (not raised to a power) \(\cos(x)\) that’s left over when writing \(du\). You should try this yourself. However, sometimes either works just as well.
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