Normal distribution function

Can one find an analytic function in the “normal” sense for the the following integral?

The answer is “no”. Here by “normal” sense, I mean a combination of algebraic, trig, exp, log functions. In fact, function

is the distribution function of normal distribution. One engineer came to me and asked this question. He spent hours trying to integrate this function. In the scientific world, everyone needs solid mathematical skills. If you happen to see this entry and you are a college engineering student, I hope this story helps you in some way.


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