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### The Definite Integral

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- Intro 0:00
- The Definite Integral 0:08
- Definition to Find the Area of a Curve
- Definition of the Definite Integral
- Symbol for Definite Integral
- Regions Below the x-axis
- Associating Definite Integral to a Function
- Integrable Function
- Evaluating the Definite Integral 29:26
- Evaluating the Definite Integral
- Properties of the Definite Integral 35:24
- Properties of the Definite Integral

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### Transcription: The Definite Integral

*Hello, welcome back to www.educator.com, and welcome back to AP Calculus.*0000

*Today, we are going to talk about the definite integral, very important.*0004

*In the last lesson, we used the following definition to find the area under the curve.*0010

*Let me see, what should I do today?*0015

*In the last lesson, we use the following definition to find the area under a curve, f(x).*0024

*f(x) is the function, the curve of the function but we just say curve f(x), that is fine, on the interval ab.*0055

*We said that the area was equal to the limit as n goes to infinity.*0065

*N is the number of approximating rectangles, we take the rectangles thinner and thinner,*0070

*of the f(x sub 1) Δx, + f(x sub 2) to Δx, so on and so forth, f(x sub n) Δx.*0076

*If we have 15 rectangles, we have 15 terms in the sum.*0095

*Δx was the width of the particular rectangle, we just added them up.*0101

*I will go ahead and express this as a = the limit as n goes to infinity.*0109

*We have the summation notation, the shorthand for this.*0114

*When we picked some index i, which runs from 1 to n, whatever that happens to be.*0119

*F(x sub i) × Δx, here the Δx is equal to the b – a/ n.*0125

*It is the right endpoint of our domain, the left endpoint of our domain of our interval divided by the number of rectangles that we wanted.*0137

*x sub i is actually in the little sub interval x sub i - 1 x sub i.*0148

*All this means is that when we break up the interval, let us say we have x sub 3, and we have x sub 4,*0160

*something like that, and we have a over here, b over here.*0170

*In this interval, our x sub i is somewhere in here.*0174

*Sometimes, we pick the left endpoint, sometimes we pick the right endpoint.*0179

*Sometimes, we pick the midpoint, and that it can also be any other point in between.*0183

*That is all that that means, this part right here.*0187

*Let me go ahead and actually draw a little picture of that.*0192

*We have our axis, we had a curve, we had a, we had b.*0198

*A is the one that we called x0.*0205

*Let us say we had 1, 2, 3, 4, this would be our x sub 1, this would be our x sub 2, x sub 3, x sub 4,*0208

*and our x sub 5 is going to be our b.*0221

*This just means somewhere in there.*0226

*Our x sub 4 is going to be somewhere in that little sub interval, that is all that means.*0230

*We are going to define the definite integral.*0241

*We now define the definite integral.*0251

*I will go ahead and put this in red.*0263

*You know what, I think I want to use red.*0273

*I think to prefer to just go back to black, how is that?*0278

*We will say let f(x) be defined on the closed interval ab, divide ab into n sub intervals.*0284

*Everything is exactly as we did before, each of length Δx which is equal to b – a/ n.*0311

*We will let x sub 0 = a, then we have x1, x2, and so forth.*0328

*We will let x sub n = b.*0338

*The x sub 0 is the left endpoint, the x sub n is the right endpoint.*0344

*Then, the integral a to b, f(x) dx, the definite integral of the function f from a to b is equal to the limit that we had.*0349

*It is equal to the limit as n goes to infinity of the sum i = 1 to n of f(x sub i) Δx.*0369

*Again, where x sub i is in the sub interval, x sub i – 1, or the x sub i is somewhere in the interval x sub i - 1 x sub i.*0384

*In other words, x sub 3 is going to be somewhere between x sub 2 and x sub 3.*0411

*That is all that means.*0420

*If this limit exists, if the limit on the right exists, in other words,*0422

*we go through the process of finding the Δx which is the b – a/ n, we find the f(x sub i) based on the x sub i.*0438

*We form this thing, we form the sum of this thing, and then what we get is going to be some function of n, and then we take n to infinity.*0446

*If we end up getting a finite limit, if the limit exists, we say that f(x) is integrable.*0454

*This, the limit that we get is that definite integral of f(x).*0474

*If not, if the limit does not exist, then not.*0485

*If not, then not integrable.*0489

* This is the definition of the definite integral.*0496

*We started up with an area, we use this limit to find an area.*0500

*Now we are actually using this definition of area.*0506

*No longer is area, we are actually defining it as something that has to do with the function itself.*0511

*Something called the integral of that function.*0519

*This thing, a to b of f(x) dx is a symbol for the entire process that we go through,*0527

*entire process of summation + the limit as n goes to infinity.*0548

*This is a symbol for the entire process of forming the function, taking the sum of the function, then taking the limit.*0564

*Let us label a couple of things here, say what they are.*0573

*This thing, the f(x), this is called the integrand.*0581

*This right here is called the lower limit of the integral.*0593

*This right here, analogously, is called the upper limit of the integral.*0599

*When we read this, we always say the integral of f(x) from a to b, not from b to a, from bottom to top.*0606

*This thing, this reminds us of the independent variable.*0615

*If the independent variable of the function is x, this has to be dx.*0628

*If the independent variable of the function is r, this has to be dr.*0632

*Reminds us of the independent variable and is the differential version of the Δx.*0636

*This symbol, it is in the shape of an elongated s to remind us*0675

*that integration is just a long summation problem.*0697

*As it turns out in mathematics where the only thing that you can never ever do is add two numbers,*0721

*or 3 numbers, or in the case of calculus an infinite number of numbers.*0725

*That is what this says, this is reminding us that all we are doing,*0730

*when we are taking the definite integral of something is we are forming a big sum, a hundred numbers, 2000 numbers.*0734

*Or when we pass to the integral from the limit, when we take the limit and we passed to something else, in this case, the integral an infinite sum.*0743

*That is what is there to do, it is their to remind us that all we are doing is we are adding a lot of numbers together.*0751

*The definite integral is a number, if it exists.*0761

*If f(x), if the function that we happen to be dealing with is greater than 0 for all x in the particular interval ab,*0784

*in other words, greater than 0, it means above the x axis.*0798

*Then, this number just happens, that is the important thing, it just happens to be the area under a curve for f(x).*0804

*We started off by dealing with curves and we use this limit that we defined, the limits of the sum of such and such.*0829

*It turns out this integral is the deeper concept, the integral is a number.*0838

*It is a number that is associated with a function over a certain integral.*0845

*We define that number by going through this process of doing the limit.*0849

*It so happens that, if the function is greater than 0, the area under the curve happens to equal the integral.*0853

*We are not defining the integral in terms of area.*0863

*What we are actually doing is we introduced area first*0866

*to sort of give some physical conceptual motivation, for this thing that we are trying to do.*0868

*As opposed to just introducing that this is the integral.*0875

*Here, you form the sum, you take this limit and that is that.*0877

*That is very abstract, we start with the area.*0881

*We are defining this, we use that limit to define the integral.*0884

*It is the integral that is the deeper concept.*0889

*It just so happens that it happens to match the area under the curve.*0894

*It is the integral that is the deeper concept.*0898

*It can stand alone, it does not need to be associated with area.*0900

*As a mathematical tool that happens to give us the area, that is what is happening.*0907

*Let us talk about that.*0915

*We just said that if f(x) is bigger than 0 happens to be equal to the area.*0925

*But if we have something like this, let us go ahead and go this way.*0930

*Something like that, let us say this is a and let us say this is b.*0939

*Let us just call this a’ and let us call this point b’.*0953

*For regions from a to a’, the graph of the function is above the axis.*0964

*If I take the integral from here to here, I’m going to get an area.*0973

*The same thing here, from b’ to b, the function is above the x axis, it is positive.*0977

*Therefore, if I take the integral, if I take that limit, I’m going to get a and area.*0983

*What happens though if the function is actually below?*0989

*Here, the area is positive, here, the area is positive.*0992

*The approximating rectangles are just, you are taking some Δx and you are essentially taking some f(x).*0997

*F(x) is negative, what you are going to end up with is a negative area.*1007

*For the regions below the x axis, the area, I will go ahead and put it in quotes, is negative.*1013

*Because this f(x sub i) dx, because these f(x sub i), these are negative.*1039

*They are below the x axis.*1053

*F(x) here is down here, -16, -14, -307, whatever it is.*1054

*These are negative.*1061

*When you take the integral from a to b f(x) dx from here, all the way to here, which involves this and this, this is the definite integral.*1070

*But it does not give you the area under the curve, it is a number.*1091

*What it does is it gives you sort of a net area.*1096

*It is a net area, if you will.*1102

*Let us say this area here was 10 and let us say this area under here was 30.*1107

*Let us say this area under here was -50.*1113

*The integral from a to b of this function is going to be 10 - 50 + 30.*1121

*I mean, technically, we can go ahead and take the absolute value, if we were asked what is the area under the curve?*1131

*We could take 10 + the absolute value is -50 which is 50, 60, and 70, 80, 90.*1138

*Yes, the total area, in terms of actual physical area is 90 but the integral is not 90.*1144

*The integral is 10 - 50 which is -40 + 30 – 10.*1152

*The integral is a number, it can be associated with an area if the function as above the x axis.*1158

*But it does not have to be associated with an area.*1164

*It just so happens to be the same sort of tool that we can use to do so.*1166

*Integral, separate mathematical object altogether, has nothing to do with area.*1170

*That is the important part.*1177

*The definite integral is a deeper concept, I should say it is the deeper concept.*1184

*It is a number which we can associate with a given function on a specified interval.*1208

*In other words, if I gave you some f(x) and if I gave you some interval ab,*1236

*with that function on that interval, I can associate some number.*1246

*In other words, I can map a function on an interval to a number.*1254

*That is what this is, mathematically, that is what is happening here.*1259

*Given a function and the interval, I can do something to it.*1264

*In other words, I can integrate it.*1267

*What I get back, what I spit out, after I turn my crank and do whatever it is that I'm doing to this function, I get some number.*1271

*For functions greater than or equal to 0, we can then associate area with this number, the integral.*1281

*The integral comes first, the number comes first, the area afterward.*1309

*We just introduced it in a reverse way.*1317

*Note the definite integral, if integral of a function, I guess the real morale that I’m trying to push here,*1328

*the definite integral of a function does not have to have a physical association.*1345

*The definite integral exists as a mathematical object.*1367

*It exists as a mathematical object, independent of physical reality.*1382

*The mathematics that we used to describe the physical world, it is not there to describe the physical world.*1396

*The mathematics exists, it is a tool.*1405

*Whether we discovered that we can associate this math,*1410

*we can use it to describe the physical world but it does not come from the physical world.*1414

*In other words, the existence of the physical world does not give birth to mathematics.*1421

*Mathematics exist independently as mathematical objects.*1426

*It just so happens that physical reality happens to fall in line with mathematical description.*1431

*That is what is going.*1436

*The integral exists, it happens to be associated with an area, if we needed to.*1439

*As we will see later on in future lessons, it is going to be associated with more than just area.*1443

*It is going to be associated with volumes and all kinds of things, which is why calculus is so incredibly powerful.*1448

*Let us say a little bit more.*1461

*We chose Δx = b – a/ n, in other words, I should that is, we made Δx the same width for every integral.*1464

*Δx the same for every approximating rectangle.*1489

*They do not have to be equal, they do not have to be the same.*1510

*Always approximating rectangles, we made them that way, of uniform width,*1522

*simply to make our lives easier so that we can actually do some work, do some math.*1526

*They do not have to be the same, each one can be different.*1533

*You actually end up getting the same answer.*1535

*They do not have to be the same, it simply makes things easier to handle.*1539

*Yes, that is the only reason.*1543

*It simply makes things easier to handle.*1546

*Also, we said that x sub i is in x sub i -1 to x sub i.*1560

*By choosing right endpoints, in other words by choosing x sub i as the right endpoint of that particular sub interval, that is x sub i = x sub i,*1580

*again, we just make things easier and we make things more uniform, more consistent.*1611

*It is not so haphazard, not without just taking random points.*1622

*We are being nice and systematic.*1625

*In any sub interval, we take the right endpoint.*1626

*That is it, nice and systematic, keep things orderly.*1629

*Again, we just make things easier.*1630

*Or I should say, not every function is integrable.*1640

*Just because a function exists, it does not mean that we can actually integrate it.*1644

*In other words, when we run through the process of finding it, taking the summation, taking the limit, the limit may not exist.*1650

*Not every function is integrable.*1656

*Our theorem, if f(x) is continuous on the closed interval ab, if it is continuous,*1667

*or if f(x) contains at most a finite number of discontinuities,*1698

*the operative word being finite, then f(x) is integrable.*1723

*We have a criteria now to decide whether a function is integrable or not.*1734

*If the function is continuous on its domain, on its domain of definition, on its interval that we have chosen.*1739

*If it is continuous, it is integrable, I can integrate it.*1744

*I can find the number associated with it.*1749

*Or if that function on its sub interval, the ab has a finite number of discontinuities, I can integrate it, it is integrable.*1750

*For now, we will evaluate the integrals, the definite integrals.*1768

*We will evaluate the definite integral using the definition.*1787

*In other words, we will use the summation limit.*1798

*We will use the definition to evaluate these things.*1799

*It is going to be a little tedious, but that is fine.*1802

*We want to get some sense of what is actually involved here, using the definition.*1805

*Later of course, the same way that we did with differentiation.*1813

*Remember, we have the differentiation, we formed the quotient f(x) + h – f(x) divided by h.*1816

*We simplified that, then we took the limit, that gave us the derivative.*1822

*That is the definition of the derivative.*1825

*Then, we came up with my simple quick ways of finding the derivative.*1827

*We will do the same here.*1830

*We are going to use the definition first and get our feet wet with that, just to get a sense of what is going on.*1831

*And then, we are going to come up with quick ways of doing the integration.*1836

*You have actually already done some of them, antiderivatives.*1840

*An antiderivative is the integral, that is what is going to be happening.*1843

*For now, we will evaluate the definite integral using the definition.*1848

*As such, we may need the following to help us.*1853

*We may need the following properties to help us.*1861

*If I have a sum i goes from 1 to n of i, there is a closed form expression for that.*1878

*It is going to be n × n + 1/ 2.*1886

*In other words, what this is saying is that, if I take, let us say n is 15.*1890

*If I say, out of the numbers from 1 to 15, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 . . . + 13 + 14 + 15,*1894

*if I add all of those up, I can actually just take 15 × 16 and divide by 2.*1902

*This gives me a closed form expression for the sum, that is all this is.*1908

*Just some formulas that are going to help us along.*1914

*I have another one, the sum as i goes from 1 to n of i², that also gives us a closed form expression.*1921

*+ 1 to 1 + 1/ 6.*1930

*I happen to have a closed form expression for i = 1 to n of i³.*1936

*If I take 1³ + 2³ + 3³ + 4³ + 5³, however high I want to go, that is going to be n × n + 1/ 2².*1942

*Let us see b as a constant, if c is a constant and if I have the summation as i goes from 1 to n,*1963

*I have just plain old c, no i anywhere, that is just equal to n × c.*1977

*It is just telling me, i = 1, let us say n is 10, that means add c 10 times.*1985

*C + c + c + c and another 5×, that is 10 × c, n × c.*1991

*This is just a formula for, when I see this, I can substitute this.*1999

*That is all we are doing here.*2005

*It is just writing down some formulas that we can use, when we actually start evaluating these integrals using the definition.*2007

*Another thing that we can do is 1 to n c × ai, if I have some expression that involves a c, I can pull the constant out in front of it.*2015

*The same that I do, when I distribute.*2029

*When I factor things out, I can factor out this c.*2032

*Because this is just ca sub 1, ca sub 2 + ca sub 3.*2035

*They all involve c, just pull the c out.*2041

*It equal c × the sum i = 1 to n of a sub i.*2045

*What this means is that you can pull a constant out from under the summation symbol.*2052

*Let us do the sum as i go from 1 to n.*2089

*If we have a sub i + b sub i, let us say + or -, I can separate these out.*2095

*I can write this as, the sum i go from 1 to n of a sub i, + or -, depending on whether it is + or -.*2102

*In other words, the summation distributes over both.*2108

*You can think of it that way, b sub i 1 to n.*2113

*Properties of the definite integral.*2120

*Let us go to properties of the definite integral.*2123

*These are all going to be very familiar because integration is just a fancy form of summation.*2136

*The summation symbols, everything that we do for summation, we can do for the integral.*2142

*The integral from b to a of f(x) dx is equal to the negative of the integral from a to b of f(x) dx.*2154

*In other words, if I switch the order of integration, if I do here, my Δx is b – a/ n.*2166

*Here it is b – a/ n, here it is going to be a – b/ n.*2177

*If I integrate from b to a, instead of from a to b, all I do is switch the sign of the integral.*2184

*That is it, very simple, that is all.*2188

*In calculus, we are adding from left to right.*2193

*We have some function and we have broken up into a bunch of rectangles.*2199

*If I add in this direction from a to b, I get a number.*2202

*If I decide to add in this direction, I get the negative of that number.*2206

*That is all this is saying, switch the upper and lower limit, change the sign.*2210

*The integral from a to a of f(x) dx that is equal to 0.*2219

*The integral from a to b of cdx, c is any constant, that is just equal to c × b – a.*2227

*All this says is, if I have a constant function from a to b, the integral, it is just c,*2239

*the value of c which is this height × this distance, the area.*2251

*Or it could be negative because it is the integral, integral.*2257

*Now we are thinking, areas can now be negative.*2260

*If we introduce this notion of a negative area, it is not a problem.*2263

*Some further properties, the integral from a to b of c × f(x) dx, you can pull the constant out, c × the integral from a to b of f(x) dx.*2269

*The integral from a to b of f(x) + g(x) dx, the integral of a sum is equal to the sum of the individual integrals.*2288

*In other words, the integral sign distributes over both.*2301

*I will just write up the whole thing, of f(x) dx + the integral from a to b of g(x) dx.*2311

*The integral from a to c of f(x) dx = the integral from a to b of f(x) dx + the integral from b to c of f(x) dx.*2326

*This last one says I can actually break this up.*2341

*If I have a here and if I have c here, if i have b here, and if that is my function,*2345

*the integral from a to c is just the integral from a to b + the integral from b to c.*2353

*That is all I’m doing, just adding them up.*2358

*If f(x) is greater than or equal to 0 on the interval ab, then the integral of f(x) dx is greater than or equal to 0.*2370

*Very simple, nothing happening here.*2391

*Integration is something called an operator.*2396

*An operator is just a fancy word for do something to this function, in other words, operate on it.*2403

*If I give you a function f(x) and I say integrate it, integrate it means do something to it.*2408

*Take this function through a series of steps and spit out a number at the end.*2412

*When you see f(x) is greater than or equal to 0, you already know from years and years, elementary, junior high school math,*2418

*that whenever you have an quality or an inequality, as long as you do the same thing to both sides of the quality or the inequality,*2426

*you retain that equality or inequality.*2436

*Here, f(x) is greater than or equal to 0.*2439

*If I integrate the left side, integrate the right side, I get the left side of the integral of f(x) dx.*2441

*The integral that of 0 is just a bunch of 0 added together.*2449

*It is 0, it stays.*2453

*Think about it that way.*2456

*When you see an equality or inequality, you can integrate both sides.*2458

*It retains the equality or inequality, it retains the relationship.*2463

*Just like if you take the logarithm of both sides, if you exponentiate both sides, if you multiply both sides by 2,*2467

*if you divide both sides by 5, as long as you do it to both sides, you are fine.*2472

*Treat the integral as some operator, as some thing that you do.*2477

*If f(x) is greater than or equal to g(x) on ab, then exactly what you think.*2484

*The interval from a to b of f(x) is greater than or equal to the integral from a to b of g(x).*2499

*This is greater than that so the integral is greater than integral, very simple.*2508

*If m is less than or equal to f(x), less than or equal to M on ab,*2516

*then m × b - a less than or equal to the integral a to b, f(x) dx less than or equal to m × b – a.*2532

*If some function on this interval happens to have a lower bound and an upper bound,*2548

*then the integral of that function is going to be greater than the lower bound × the length of the interval.*2555

*It is going to be less than the upper bound × the length of the interval.*2563

*All we have done here is take the integral of this, the integral of that, the integral of that.*2567

*The integral of that, that is the symbol.*2571

*The integral of a constant m dx, we said it is equal to m × b – a.*2574

*The integral of M is M × b – a.*2579

*Just integrate, integrate, solve for the things you can solve and leave those that you cannot, as the symbol.*2587

*Thank you so much for joining us here at www.educator.com.*2596

*We will see you next time, bye.*2599

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Last reply by: Professor Hovasapian

Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:59 AM

Post by Gautham Padmakumar on December 12, 2015

42:00 did you forget to put the differential of x in the inequality