## The Riemann-Stieltjes Integral IV

Let’s do one more easy application of the Riemann-Stieltjes integral. We know from last Friday that when our integrator is continuously differentiable, we can reduce to a Riemann integral:

So where else have we seen derivatives as factors in integrands? Right! integration by parts! Here our formula says that

We can rewrite this using Riemann-Stieltjes integrals as

So if and are both continuously differentiable, this formula gives back our rule for integration by parts. But we can prove this without making those assumptions. In fact, we just need to assume that one of the two integrals exists, and the existence of the other one (and the formula) will follow.

Let’s assume that exists. That is, for every there is some tagged partition so that for every finer partition we have

Now let’s take any partition finer than and use it to set up the Rieman-Stieltjes sum

We can also use this partition to rewrite as

So subtracting the one from the other we find

But this is a Riemann-Stieltjes sum for the partition we get by throwing together all the and as partition points, and using as tags. This is a finer partition than , and so we see that

whenever is a partition finer than . This shows that the Riemann-Stieltjes integral of with respect to exists, and has the value we want.

[…] is similar to the formula for integration by parts, and is referred to as Abel’s partial summation formula. In particular, it tells us that the […]

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