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2nd fundamental theorem of calculus

  1. Apr 26, 2004 #1
    Can some on pleases explain this too me. I have an AP book, and i am to do a few problems out of it for class, and but cant find it in there ANY WHERE. Any help would be superb!
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  4. Apr 26, 2004 #3
    Finney's book has this backwards... The second F of C is the Integral Evaluation Theorem... Which is the mathworld's 1st...

    Its hand stuff!
  5. Apr 26, 2004 #4

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    I've seen it both ways in several books. Luckily, no teacher has ever asked me to state FTC #1 or state FTC #2, they've only asked me to be able to use them.
    Did you try any of the problems yet?
  6. Apr 26, 2004 #5
    Do you need to understand the proofs? Or just understand the idea?

    FTC#2 says
    [itex] \int^b_a f(x)dx = F(b) - F(a) [/itex]

    where the anti-derivative of f(x) is F(x)

    So what you are probably using this Thrm for is evaluating definite integrals (ones with A and B stated).

    So what you do is find the anti-derivative of f(x) i.e. F(x), and then evaluate that anti-derivative at a and b, then take the absolute value of their difference.

    For example if we wanted to evaluate:

    [itex] \int^5_1 3x^2dx [/itex]

    we would first find the anti derivative of 3x^2.

    Which is x^3.

    Then we would evaluate x^3 at 1 and 5 which gives us, 1 and 125. We subtract 1 from 125 and get 124, hence:

    [itex] \int^5_1 3x^2dx = 124[/itex]
  7. Apr 26, 2004 #6
    thanx you guys. I know how to do those with my eyes closed, its just that my AP book has a real habit of doing things w/o thouroughly explaining them. thanx again ill tell my friends about this site!
  8. Sep 21, 2004 #7


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    2nd FTC: If f is any riemann integrable function on the closed bounded interval [a,b], and G is a Lipschitz - continuous function such that for every point x where f is continuous, G is diiferentiable at x with G'(x) = f(x), then the integral of f from a to b, equals G(b)-G(a).

    Recall that G is lipschitz continuous on [a,b] if there exists a constant K such that for all points u,v in [a,b] we have |G(v) - G(u)| <= K|v-u|.
  9. Sep 22, 2004 #8


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    Is the first theorem just:


    Is that it?

    I wrote general proof for the derivative of a function x^n. Using limits of course, and I ended with nx^n-1, which is what you are suppose to get.

    I never seen the proof yet, and it would be great to do it independently.

    So, what is the 1st Fundamental Theorem(in most books)?
  10. Sep 22, 2004 #9


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    in most books it says that if f is continuous on [a,b] and G(x) is the integral of f from a to x, then G is differentiable on [a,b] and G'(x) = f(x) for every x in [a,b].

    The more general statement is that if f is a Riemann integrable function on [a,b] and G(x) again is the injtegral of f from a to x, then G is Lipschitz continuous, and G is differentiable with G'(x) = f(x) at those points where f is continuous.

    Then to derive the 2nd thm from the first you need the generalized mean value theorem, that a function G which is lipschitz continuous and has derivative equal to zero almost everywhere (i.e. except on a set of measure zero) is constant.

    in most books the 2nd thm just says that if f is continuous on [a,b] and G is continuous on [a,b] with G'(x) = f(x) for all x in (a,b), then the integral of f from a to b, equals G(b)-G(a).
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  11. Sep 23, 2004 #10


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    The Riemann Sum?

    You can find the value under a curse with it.
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