 # INTEGRALS 5. 5.1 Areas and Distances INTEGRALS In this section, we will learn that: We get the same special type of limit in trying to find the area under.

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5.1 Areas and Distances INTEGRALS In this section, we will learn that: We get the same special type of limit in trying to find the area under a curve or a distance traveled.

AREA PROBLEM We begin by attempting to solve the area problem: Find the area of the region S that lies under the curve y = f(x) from a to b.

AREA PROBLEM This means that S, illustrated here, is bounded by:  The graph of a continuous function f [where f(x) ≥ 0]  The vertical lines x = a and x = b  The x-axis

RECTANGLES For a rectangle, the area is defined as:  The product of the length and the width

TRIANGLES The area of a triangle is:  Half the base times the height

POLYGONS The area of a polygon is found by:  Dividing it into triangles and adding the areas of the triangles

AREA PROBLEM However, it isn’t so easy to find the area of a region with curved sides.  We all have an intuitive idea of what the area of a region is.  Part of the area problem, though, is to make this intuitive idea precise by giving an exact definition of area.

AREA PROBLEM Recall that, in defining a tangent, we first approximated the slope of the tangent line by slopes of secant lines and then we took the limit of these approximations.  We pursue a similar idea for areas.

AREA PROBLEM We first approximate the region S by rectangles and then we take the limit of the areas of these rectangles as we increase the number of rectangles.  The following example illustrates the procedure.

AREA PROBLEM Use rectangles to estimate the area under the parabola y = x 2 from 0 to 1, the parabolic region S illustrated here. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We first notice that the area of S must be somewhere between 0 and 1, because S is contained in a square with side length 1.  However, we can certainly do better than that. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM Suppose we divide S into four strips S 1, S 2, S 3, and S 4 by drawing the vertical lines x = ¼, x = ½, and x = ¾. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We can approximate each strip by a rectangle whose base is the same as the strip and whose height is the same as the right edge of the strip. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM In other words, the heights of these rectangles are the values of the function f(x) = x 2 at the right endpoints of the subintervals [0, ¼],[¼, ½], [½, ¾], and [¾, 1]. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM Each rectangle has width ¼ and the heights are (¼) 2, (½) 2, (¾) 2, and 1 2. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM If we let R 4 be the sum of the areas of these approximating rectangles, we get: Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We see the area A of S is less than R 4. So, A < 0.46875 Example 1

AREA PROBLEM Instead of using the rectangles in this figure, we could use the smaller rectangles in the next figure. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM Here, the heights are the values of f at the left endpoints of the subintervals.  The leftmost rectangle has collapsed because its height is 0. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM The sum of the areas of these approximating rectangles is: Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We see the area of S is larger than L 4. So, we have lower and upper estimates for A: 0.21875 < A <0.46875 Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We can repeat this procedure with a larger number of strips. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM The figure shows what happens when we divide the region S into eight strips of equal width. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM By computing the sum of the areas of the smaller rectangles (L 8 ) and the sum of the areas of the larger rectangles (R 8 ), we obtain better lower and upper estimates for A: 0.2734375 < A < 0.3984375 Example 1

AREA PROBLEM So, one possible answer to the question is to say that:  The true area of S lies somewhere between 0.2734375 and 0.3984375 Example 1

AREA PROBLEM We could obtain better estimates by increasing the number of strips. Example 1

AREA PROBLEM The table shows the results of similar calculations (with a computer) using n rectangles, whose heights are found with left endpoints (L n ) or right endpoints (R n ). Example 1

AREA PROBLEM From the values in the table, it looks as if R n is approaching 1/3 as n increases.  We confirm this in the next example.

AREA PROBLEM For the region S in Example 1, show that the sum of the areas of the upper approximating rectangles approaches 1/3, that is, Example 2

AREA PROBLEM R n is the sum of the areas of the n rectangles.  Each rectangle has width 1/n and the heights are the values of the function f(x) = x 2 at the points 1/n, 2/n, 3/n, …, n/n.  That is, the heights are (1/n) 2, (2/n) 2, (3/n) 2, …, (n/n) 2. Example 2

AREA PROBLEM Thus, Example 2

AREA PROBLEM Here, we need the formula for the sum of the squares of the first n positive integers:  Perhaps you have seen this formula before.  It is proved in Example 5 in Appendix E. E. g. 2—Formula 1

AREA PROBLEM Putting Formula 1 into our expression for R n, we get: Example 2 If n is near Infinity, on can see that the above is

AREA PROBLEM It can be shown that the lower approximating sums also approach 1/3, that is,

AREA PROBLEM Thus, we define the area A to be the limit of the sums of the areas of the approximating rectangles, that is,

AREA PROBLEM We start by subdividing S into n strips S 1, S 2, …., S n of equal width.

AREA PROBLEM Let’s apply the idea of Examples 1 and 2 to the more general region S of the earlier figure.

AREA PROBLEM The width of the interval [a, b] is b – a. So, the width of each of the n strips is:

AREA PROBLEM These strips divide the interval [a, b] into n subintervals [x 0, x 1 ], [x 1, x 2 ], [x 2, x 3 ],..., [x n-1, x n ] where x 0 = a and x n = b.

AREA PROBLEM The right endpoints of the subintervals are: x 1 = a + ∆x, x 2 = a + 2 ∆x, x 3 = a + 3 ∆x,.

AREA PROBLEM Let’s approximate the i th strip S i by a rectangle with width ∆x and height f(x i ), which is the value of f at the right endpoint.  Then, the area of the i th rectangle is f(x i )∆x.

AREA PROBLEM What we think of intuitively as the area of S is approximated by the sum of the areas of these rectangles: R n = f(x 1 ) ∆x + f(x 2 ) ∆x + … + f(x n ) ∆x

AREA PROBLEM Here, we show this approximation for n = 2, 4, 8, and 12.

AREA PROBLEM Notice that this approximation appears to become better and better as the number of strips increases, that is, as n → ∞.

AREA PROBLEM Therefore, we define the area A of the region S as follows.

AREA PROBLEM It can be proved that the limit in Definition 2 always exists—since we are assuming that f is continuous.

AREA PROBLEM It can also be shown that we get the same value if we use left endpoints: Equation 3

SAMPLE POINTS In fact, instead of using left endpoints or right endpoints, we could take the height of the i th rectangle to be the value of f at any number x i * in the i th subinterval [x i - 1, x i ].  We call the numbers x i *, x 2 *,..., x n * the sample points.

AREA PROBLEM The figure shows approximating rectangles when the sample points are not chosen to be endpoints.

AREA PROBLEM Thus, a more general expression for the area of S is: Equation 4

SIGMA NOTATION We often use sigma notation to write sums with many terms more compactly. For instance,

AREA PROBLEM Hence, the expressions for area in Equations 2, 3, and 4 can be written as follows: Later on we set the limit of the sum above to be what we call definite integral

DISTANCE PROBLEM Now, let’s consider the distance problem: Find the distance traveled by an object during a certain time period if the velocity of the object is known at all times.  In a sense, this is the inverse problem of the velocity problem that we discussed in Section 2.1

CONSTANT VELOCITY If the velocity remains constant, then the distance problem is easy to solve by means of the formula distance = velocity x time

VARYING VELOCITY However, if the velocity varies, it’s not so easy to find the distance traveled.  We investigate the problem in the following example.

DISTANCE PROBLEM In general, suppose an object moves with velocity v = f(t) where a ≤ t ≤ b and f(t) ≥ 0.  So, the object always moves in the positive direction.

DISTANCE PROBLEM The distance d traveled is indeed the limit of :  Later, as we said before, we will find tha Equation 5

SUMMARY Equation 5 has the same form as our expressions for area in Equations 2 and 3. So, it follows that the distance traveled is equal to the area under the graph of the velocity function.

SUMMARY So, when we compute areas in this chapter, bear in mind that they can be interpreted in a variety of practical ways.

SUMMARY In Chapters 6 and 9, we will see that other quantities of interest in the natural and social sciences can also be interpreted as the area under a curve. Examples include:  Work done by a variable force  Cardiac output of the heart

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