# Homework Help: Average Value of a function

1. Jul 24, 2011

### dohsan

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If fave [a,b] denotes the average value of f on the interval [a,b] and a<c<b, show that
fave[a,b] = (c-a)/(b-a) fave[a,c] + (b-c)(b-a) fave[c,b]

2. Relevant equations

All i know is the mean value theorem for integrals is f(c) = fave = 1/(b-a) integral(f(x),x,b,a)

3. The attempt at a solution

Tried using the theorem, but had no idea how to get to that point.

Thanks!

2. Jul 24, 2011

### antny

Hi,

Why don't you apply the definition of the fave to fave[a,c] and fave[c,b]?

Once you do this, I think you'll see that your expression simplifies quite nicely.

3. Jul 24, 2011

### dohsan

Hello, I tried it and i believe this is how it goes...

fave[a,c] = 1/(c-a) [f(c)-f(a)]
fave[c,b] = 1/(b-c) [f(b)-f(c)]

then i add it together or what? Kind of confused on what to do because this gives something weird...

I do know that u can split up the bounds from [a,c] and [c,b] to get [a,b].. does that correlate with what this gotta do?

4. Jul 24, 2011

### antny

Perhaps I don't understand your notation, but shouldn't [f(c)-f(a)] be Int[f, a, c]?

Try plugging in those expressions into the right-side of the equation that you're trying to prove.