Another really basic question... this time regarding integration.by Mathguy15 Tags: basic, integration, time 

#1
Jun1312, 09:20 PM

P: 63

Given a function f deﬁne a new function Sf(x) by summing up all values of f(hj)
where 0 ≤ jh < x. That is, if k is such that kh is the largest below x, then Sf(x) = h[ f(0) + f(h) + f(2h) + .... + f(kh) ] We call Sf also the ”integral” or ”antiderivative” of f. The teacher who wrote the lecture notes I'm reading through gives an example of integration. He evaluates Sf(x) for f(x)=1. I don't understand the first sentence: We have Sf(x) = 0 for x ≤ h. Why? Sorry for being such a n00b, but I don't understand. Please help me. Thanks, Mathguy By the way, he verifies that the js in the definition are integers. 



#2
Jun1312, 10:52 PM

Sci Advisor
P: 779

Is that wordforword what is written there? 0 ≤ kh < x ≤ h is when k=0. So Sf(x) = h f(0) = h. Edit: Maybe he means x < 0? 



#3
Jun1412, 09:56 AM

P: 63

Well, Yes, that is wordforword, but I think he's doing a "preliminary" definition before the real definition. And I was thinking the same thing, because Sf(x) isn't defined for x<0.



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