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Level 8 - NCEA Level 3

Calculate definite integrals


Now that we've taken a look at approximating areas under a curve, using geometry to find areas and we also understand the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, we're ready to launch into calculus involving definite integrals.

Definite Integration

A three-step process:

  1. Calculate the antiderivative, $F(x)$F(x)
  2. Substitute in the upper and lower limits and subtract: $F(b)-F(a)$F(b)F(a)
  3. Evaluate

Once you've calculated the antiderivative, we use square brackets around our primitive function and we now place the upper and lower limits on the right bracket. This notation shows in one step the integral and what we're getting ready to substitute into our antiderivative.

Watch how it's done in the two worked examples below.

Worked Examples

Example 1


Example 2


Worked Questions

Question 1

Calculate $\int_2^4\left(6x+5\right)dx$42(6x+5)dx.

Question 2

Calculate $\int_{-2}^1\left(x^2+4\right)dx$12(x2+4)dx.

Question 3

Calculate $\int_6^{11}\sqrt{x-2}dx$116x2dx.



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