# What is Integral calculus: Definition and 153 Discussions

In mathematics, an integral assigns numbers to functions in a way that describes displacement, area, volume, and other concepts that arise by combining infinitesimal data. The process of finding integrals is called integration. Along with differentiation, integration is a fundamental, essential operation of calculus, and serves as a tool to solve problems in mathematics and physics involving the area of an arbitrary shape, the length of a curve, and the volume of a solid, among others.
The integrals enumerated here are those termed definite integrals, which can be interpreted formally as the signed area of the region in the plane that is bounded by the graph of a given function between two points in the real line. Conventionally, areas above the horizontal axis of the plane are positive while areas below are negative. Integrals also refer to the concept of an antiderivative, a function whose derivative is the given function. In this case, they are called indefinite integrals. The fundamental theorem of calculus relates definite integrals with differentiation and provides a method to compute the definite integral of a function when its antiderivative is known.
Although methods of calculating areas and volumes dated from ancient Greek mathematics, the principles of integration were formulated independently by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the late 17th century, who thought of the area under a curve as an infinite sum of rectangles of infinitesimal width. Bernhard Riemann later gave a rigorous definition of integrals, which is based on a limiting procedure that approximates the area of a curvilinear region by breaking the region into thin vertical slabs.
Integrals may be generalized depending on the type of the function as well as the domain over which the integration is performed. For example, a line integral is defined for functions of two or more variables, and the interval of integration is replaced by a curve connecting the two endpoints of the interval. In a surface integral, the curve is replaced by a piece of a surface in three-dimensional space.

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Φ = 𝜑S (dQ/dt) = k*S*dT avec dT = (1500 + 273.15) - (40 + 273.15) = 1460 [k] avec dQ = - 0.24 [kg] * 440 [j/(kg * k)] * 1460 [k] = - 154176 [j] donc, -(154176)/dt = 40 [W/(k * m²)] * 0.0062 [m²] * 1460 [k] = 362.08 [W]
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Problem :Let ##X_0,X_1,\dots,X_n## be independent random variables, each distributed uniformly on [0,1].Find ## E\left[ \min_{1\leq i\leq n}\vert X_0 -X_i\vert \right] ##. Would any member of Physics Forum take efforts to explain with all details the following author's solution to this...
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5. ### Finding the Centre of Mass of a Hemisphere

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6. ### How can I calculate the cumulative mass of a disk using disk mass density?

I want to find the cumulative mass m(r) of a mass disk. I have the mass density in terms of r, it is an exponential function: ρ(r)=ρ0*e^(-r/h) A double integral in polar coordinates should do, but im not sure about the solution I get.
7. ### A How to integrate this equation?

Hello, can someone help me to solve the following differential equation analitically: $$\frac{2 y''}{y'} - \frac{y'}{y} = \frac{x'}{x}$$ where ##y = y(t)## and ##x = x(t)## br Santiago
8. ### I Verifying Integration of ##\int_0^1 x^m \ln x \, \mathrm{d}x##

I'm trying to compute ##\int_0^1 x^m \ln x \, \mathrm{d}x##. I'm wondering if the bit about the application of L'Hopital's rule was ok. Can anyone check? Letting ##u = \ln x## and ##\mathrm{d}v = x^m##, we have ##\mathrm{d}u = \frac{1}{x}\mathrm{d}x ## and ##v = \frac{x^{m+1}}{m+1}##...
9. ### I Calculating the surface area of a sphere using dA

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10. ### Integral ## \int _{ }^{ }\frac{1}{\sqrt{x^3+1}}dx ##

I also don't understand how to get the descending factorials for this hypergeometric series, I also know that there is another way to write it with gamma functions, but in any case how am I supposed to do this? If I write it as a general term, wolfram will give me the result which leaves me...
11. ### B Are there mathematicians that dislike integral calculus?

Solving integrals by hand is difficult and prone to errors, and the techniques such as integration by parts, partial fraction decomposition, and trig substitutions only work for a small subset of integrals and I do not see the point of avoiding technology like Wolfram Mathematica for...
12. ### Integration of an exponential function

My trial : I think ## \int ~ dy ~ e^{-2 \alpha(y)} ## dose not simply equal: ## - \frac{1}{2}e^{-2 \alpha(y)} ## cause ##\alpha## is a function in ##y ##. So any help about the right answer is appreciated!

25. ### I Why can an infinite area have a finite volume or SA?

I have a calculus 2 midterm coming up and given the exam review questions, this seems like this question can potentially be on it. I've tried to look it up, but I always find the famous painters example, which I don't find satisfying.
26. ### Changing the order of a triple integral

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27. ### What is the volume inside an ellipsoid between two intersecting planes?

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28. ### Area of a bounded region using integration

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29. ### Evaluate an integral over a triangle

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30. ### Area between 2 polar equations

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31. ### Finding Length of a Curve: y2 = (x-1)3

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32. ### Simplifying integral question....

Homework Statement I have solve the integral for:to be: But I cannot figure out how to simplify the answer to the form shown above. Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution Here is my progress so far: Any help would be appreciated
33. ### ##\int (\sin x + 2\cos x)^3\,dx##

Homework Statement $$\int (sinx + 2cos x)^3dx$$ Homework EquationsThe Attempt at a Solution $$\int (sinx + 2cos x)^3dx$$ $$\int (sinx + 2cos x)((sinx + 2cos x)^2dx)$$ $$\int (sinx + 2cos x)(1 + 3cos^2x+2sin2x)dx$$ How to do this in simpler way?
34. ### I need some help with integrals

Homework Statement You are given the function f(x)=3x^2-4x-8 a) Find the values of a. Explain the answers using the function. Homework EquationsThe Attempt at a Solution a^3-2*a^2-8*a=0 a=-2 v a=0 v a=4 I found the answers, but I don't know how to explain my answers by using the function...
35. ### How to integrate this function?

Homework Statement I've got to integrate the following $$\int dx =\int \frac {d\phi} {\phi \sqrt {1 - \phi²}}.$$ Homework Equations [/B] I already know the answer but not how to get it. The answer that I got from solution is ## x = \operatorname {arcsech}{\phi} ##. The Attempt at a...
36. ### Uniform convergence of a parameter-dependent integral

Hello everyone! I'm a student of electrical engineering, preparing for the theoretical exam in math which will cover stuff like differential geometry, multiple integrals, vector analysis, complex analysis and so on. So the other day I was browsing through the required knowledge sheet our...
37. ### I Is this expression for Mass Flowing Out of a Bottle correct?

Hello there, I am going to implement a numerical method to solve how much Mass of a fluid has gone out of an opened bottle. I am going to get h(t) with some sensors but I am not sure if this expression for Mass gone out "M" is correct. The area of the bottle at the up part. A1 The density of the...
38. ### [MultiVarCalc] Find the volume of the solid

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39. ### A simple case of translation invariance of Riemann integrals

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40. ### Finding the Value of an Integral with U-Substitution

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41. ### If you do not answer the above questions, you will not have a correct answer.

Homework Statement Determine the area of the surface A of that portion of the paraboloid: [x][/2]+[y][/2] -2z = 0 where [x][/2]+[y][/2]≤ 8 and y≥x Homework Equations Area A = ∫∫ dS The Attempt at a Solution Area A = ∫∫ dS = 3∫∫ dS
42. ### Calculating Arc Length and Area of Cylinder Side

Homework Statement Let r be a positive constant. [/B] Consider the cylinder x2 + y2 ≤ r2, and let C be the part of the cylinder that satisfies 0 ≤ z ≤ y. (3) Let a be the length of the arc along the base circle of C from the point (r, 0, 0) to the point (r cos θ, r sin θ, 0) (0 ≤ θ ≤ π). Let...
43. ### MHB Integral Calculus - Spot the Error

The big blue circle has been put there by my math prof to denote the location of the error in the following solution. Why is this an error? I'm lost. :(
44. ### MHB True or False Integral Calculus Question #3

True or False: If $f(x)$ is a negative function that satisfies $f'(x) > 0$ for $0 \le x \le 1$, then the right hand sums always yield an underestimate of $\int_{0}^{1} (f(x))^2\,dx$. - - - Updated - - - Would it be true since right hand Riemann sums for a negative, increasing function will...
45. ### MHB True or False Integral Calculus Question #2

True or False: Let $F(x)$ be an antiderivative of a function $f(x)$. Then, $F(2x)$ is an antiderivative of the function $f(2x)$.
46. ### MHB True or False Integral Calculus Question #1

True or False: If $$h(t) > 0$$ for $$0 \le t\le 1$$, then the function $$H(x) = \int_{0}^{x} h(t)\,dt$$ is concave up for $$0 \le t\le 1$$.