# 7.5 Area Between Two Curves

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7.5 Area Between Two Curves
Find Area Between 2 Curves Find Consumer Surplus Find Producer Surplus

Area between 2 curves Let f and g be continuous functions and suppose
that f (x) ≥ g (x) over the interval [a, b]. Then the area of the region between the two curves, from x = a to x = b, is

Example: Find the area of the region that is bounded by the graphs of
First, look at the graph of these two functions. Determine where they intersect. (endpoints not given)

Example (continued): Second, find the points of intersection by setting f (x) = g (x) and solving.

ò Example (concluded):
Lastly, compute the integral. Note that on [0, 2], f (x) is the upper graph. ( 2 x + 1 ) - é ë ù û ò d = 3 ê ú æ è ç ö ø ÷ 4 8

DEFINITION: The equilibrium point, (xE, pE), is the point at which the supply and demand curves intersect. It is that point at which sellers and buyers come together and purchases and sales actually occur.

DEFINITION: Suppose that p = D(x) describes the demand function for a commodity. Then, the consumer surplus is defined for the point (Q, P) as

Example: Find the consumer surplus for the demand function given by
When x = 3, we have Then, C o n s u m e r S p l = D x ( ) d - E × ò 5 2 3 4 1 +

Example(concluded): p. 453, formula 12, there is no “+C”

DEFINITION: Suppose that p = S(x) is the supply function for a commodity. Then, the producer surplus is defined for the point (Q, P) as

ò ( ) Example : Find the producer surplus for Find y when x is 3.
When x = 3, Then, P r o d u c e S p l s = x E × - ( ) ò 3 1 5 2 +

Example (continued):

Example: Given find each of the following: a) The equilibrium point.
b) The consumer surplus at the equilibrium point. c) The producer surplus at the equilibrium point.

Example (continued): a) To find the equilibrium point, set D(x) = S(x) and solve. Thus, xE = 2. To find pE, substitute xE into either D(x) or S(x) and solve.

Example (continued): If we choose D(x), we have
Thus, the equilibrium point is (2, \$9).

Example (continued): b) The consumer surplus at the equilibrium point is

ò Example (concluded):
b) The producer surplus at the equilibrium point is 2 × 9 - ( x + 3 ) d = 1 8 é ë ê ù û ú ò æ è ç ö ø ÷ 4 6 \$ 7 .