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Unformatted text preview: Unit 5 Area Between Curves and Volumes of Revolution We have learned how to find the area beneath a positive function. In this section we will learn how to find more general areas, those bounded between two curves. For example, suppose we wish to find the area bounded by f ( x ) and g ( x ) between x = 1 and x = 3 as shown: f(x) g(x) 1 2 3 x y dx f(x)  g(x) Figure 1: Area bounded by two curves On the interval [1,3], we see that f ( x ) g ( x ), so the function ( f ( x ) g ( x )) is positive on [1,3]. With this oservation in mind we can see that the problem of finding the area between two curves ( f ( x ) and g ( x ) here) can be reduced to one of finding the area under a positive function (( f ( x ) g ( x )) here). So 1 we need not learn another technique for these problems, we simply reduce the problem as above and then apply our earlier method of sketching the graph, drawing a small strip and calculating its area, and then integrating to find the entire area. Example 1. Find the area bounded by the curves f ( x ) = x 2 + 1 and g ( x ) = x 1 on the interval [1,3]. Solution: We first sketch the region involved, this yields figure 1 (previous page). Drawing the small strip we see that it has area: dA = ( f ( x ) g ( x )) dx = [( x 2 + 1) ( x 1)] dx We may therefore represent the area in question by: A = R 3 1 [( x 2 1) ( x 1)] dx = R 3 1 [( x 2 x + 2)] dx = h x 3 3 x 2 2 + 2 x i 3 1 = [(9 9 2 + 6) ( 1 3 1 2 + 2)] = 6 + 9 2 11 6 = 26 3 Example 2. Find the area bounded by the curves f ( x ) = 9 x 2 and y = 5 Solution: We first sketch the region involved, this will tell us the interval involved ( by the intersection points of the two functions. Setting f ( x ) = 9 x 2 = y = 5 we get x = 2 so we have the intersection points shown: 2 y=5 y=9x 2 x 2 5 9 (2,5) (9x )  5 2 dx 1 st Quadrant Figure 2: Area bounded by f ( x ) = 9 x 2 , and y = 5 Drawing the small strip as shown we see that it has area: dA = [(9 x 2 ) (5)] dx = (4 x 2 ) dx We may therefore represent the area in question by: A = R 2 2 (4 x 2 ) dx = h 4 x x 3 3 i 2 2 = [(8 8 3 ) ( 8 + 8 3 )] = 2(8) 2 3 (8) = 32 3 Example 3. Find the area bounded by the curves f ( x ) = x 2 4 and g ( x ) = x + 2 Solution: Once again we sketch the region involved and find the intersection points of the two functions in order to find the interval. Setting x 2 4 = x + 2 3 we get...
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