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Finding the Area with Integration

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Finding the area of space from the curve of a function to an axis on the Cartesian plane is a fundamental component in calculus. De nite integration nds the accumulation of quantities, which has become a basic tool in calculus and has numerous applications in science and engineering. While it is used to make formulas in physics more comprehensible, often it is used to optimize the use of space in a given area.

Denite Integration

Whenever we are calculating area in a given interval, we are using denite integration. Lets try to nd the area under a function for a given interval.

(1) Integrate

from [-2, 2].

Step 1: Set up the integral.

Step 2: Find the Integral.

*Note: We don't have to add a "+C" at the end because it will cancel out nding the area anyway.

Step 3: Integrate from the given interval, [-2,2].

The area of the curve to the x axis from -2 to 2 is 32 3 units squared.

On the graph, the red below the parabola is the area and the dotted line is the integral function. Notice

that the integral function is cubic and the original function is quadratic. The integral will always be a degree higher than the original function. Looking at the graph, there is a geometric relationship between the original function and the integral function. We can see at x = -2 the integral function has a y value of a little under -5, and at x = 2 the integral has a y value of a little over 5. The dierence of 5.3

and -5.3 gives us an area of 32 3 , which is a little over 10.

When taking the de nite integral over an interval, sometimes we will get negative area because the graph interprets area above the x axis as positive area and below the x axis as negative area.

Find the Area with Integration Examples

(2) Let's take the integral of y = x from [-3, 1].

We end up with an area of -4.

Looking at the graph at x = -3 and 1, the integral function has an F(x) of 4.5 and 0.5 respectively. Subtracting the lower bound value (4.5) from the upper bound value (0.5) will yield -4. If we wanted to nd the total area, we could take the absolute value of each bound and add them together to get 5.

It is possible to integrate a function that is not continuous, but sometimes we need to break up the area into two dierent integrals.

(3) Here is the function.

Before integrating, we should graph this function to see what it looks like.

Evaluate each integrand.

a)

b)

a) Since the original function is not continuous, we need to look at the bounds rst to see if we are integrating through any discontinuous points. Since [3,10] is greater than 1, it is continuous and we can integrate using one integral.

b) This integral is a little dierent. The interval is discontinuous from [-2,2], so we need to split it into two integrals and add them together.

We have one integral with the interval [-2,1] and the other from [1,2]. The rst interval is less than 1 and the second is greater than 1.

After we integrate, we plug in the specic bounds for both.

The area from [-2,2] is 14 units squared and the area from [3,10] is 35 units squared.

(4) Find the general integral for the yellow shaded region

The area is the integral of f minus the area of g.

(5) Find the area of the purple region bounded by three lines:

First, we need to nd the three points of intersection to establish our intervals for integration. We set each function equal and solve for x.

Like (4), we have to subtract integrals, but we have two seperate quantities to add.

We have done many examples of integrating to nd the area of a curve and it's relationship to the integral function. We can also use integration to nd the volume of a 3D object in space, mainly by rotation around an axis.

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