# Definite Integrals - Solve Problems & Learn Answers

• KLscilevothma
In summary: I'm pretty lost at this moment. In summary, The conversation discusses the topics of definite integrals and integral calculus, specifically in regards to solving problems involving inequalities and odd functions. The speaker is seeking help with specific problems and is given various techniques and methods to approach them, such as using substitution, integration by parts, and finding minimum values. The conversation also touches on the concept of changing variables in an integral and the use of Taylor series to solve integrals. Overall, the conversation highlights the struggles and challenges of studying integral calculus and seeking help from experts.
KLscilevothma
I'm now teaching myself several topics on definite integrals for a math test on monday. Here are a few problems that I don't know how to do.

Q1) Prove the following inequality:
1 < [inte]pi/20 (sin x)/x dx < (pi/2)

Q2) Show that for x > 0,
ex-1 <= [inte]x0 (e2t+1)1/2 dt <= 21/2(ex-1)

Q3) Let F(x) = [inte]2x0 et/x dt. Find F'(x)

Any help would be appreciated.

Edit: I know how to do Q3 now but I still don't understand why the upper limit can change to 2 after substituting u = t/x

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Q4) Let f be an odd function, show that
&int;-a...a(&int;-a...xf(t)dt)dx = - &int;-a..a xf(x)dx

I know how to do Q3 now but I still don't understand why the upper limit can change to 2 after substituting u = t/x

This is due to your change in variables, you must also do the change of variables to the limits. t=2x is your upper limit, your change of variables is u=t/x -> u = 2 if t=2x.

Hrm.

Try doing Q1) by replacing (sin x)/x with its taylor series. This will give both inequalities... however the right inequality is easy to get by considering the max value of (sin x)/x

(this feels awfully brute-forcish, though... there's probably a slicker way)

For Q2), consider the fact that the inequalities hold when x = 0, then consider how fast each term grows as x increases.

Another approach to Q3) is to recognize that you can simply do the integral directly.

For Q4), have you tried switching the order of integration?

Originally posted by Integral
This is due to your change in variables, you must also do the change of variables to the limits. t=2x is your upper limit, your change of variables is u=t/x -> u = 2 if t=2x.
ok, I got it now. Thanks.

Originally posted by Hurkyl
Try doing Q1) by replacing (sin x)/x with its taylor series. This will give both inequalities... however the right inequality is easy to get by considering the max value of (sin x)/x
Yep, I can do the right inequality now. I haven't learned taylor seies in school yet, so I still can't get the left one.

For Q2), consider the fact that the inequalities hold when x = 0, then consider how fast each term grows as x increases.
Could you please show me the first few steps? Q2 was extracted from the section about inequalities on definite integrals and mean value theorem of integral calculus. After reading the theorems and examples, I attempted to do questions on this topic. I tried the first 4 questions (the easiest ones) but could only do 2 of them. I really felt frustrated and left this section behind and read the next section. (Edit: I'll go back to this topic after finish revising other topics)

Another approach to Q3) is to recognize that you can simply do the integral directly.
Could you please show me? I'm new to fundamental theorem of integral calculus.

For Q4), have you tried switching the order of integration?
I attempted the question as follows:
Let
g(x) = &int;-a...xf(t)dt ...... (1)
g'(x) = f(x)
integrate on both sides
g(x) = &int;f(x)dx = xf(x) + C = -xf(x) + C (f is an odd function)

Now I want C=0
From (1), g(-a) = 0
af(-a) + C = 0
C = af(a)
Hm.. something must have gone wrong but I don't know where.

I'm not sure what do you mean by switching the order of integration. It's my first time doing question involving 2 integral signs writing together.

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Q1)

All right...

My next best suggestion is to divide the domain of integration into several parts (hint: 4 will work) and find a simple minimum value over each of the 4 parts.

Again, sorry I can't figure out an elegant solution; I'm just as annoyed about it as you are.

Q2)

I'll do a problem to demonstrate the technique I'm suggesting.

Theorem: 2x <= 2x for x >= 2

let f(x) = 2x - 2x
First, notice that f(2) = 0.
Now, f'(x) = ln(2) 2x - 2
Clearly, f'(x) > 0 for x >= 2, so f(x) is strictly increasing over [2, &infin;)
Thus, 2x - 2x >= 0 for x >= 2
Therefore 2x <= 2x for x >= 2

(I'm unsure if this type of proof is the way your text means for you to do the problem, but no other solution has sprung to my mind)

Q3)

First let me ask if you know how to compute something like:

&int;[0,1] e3x dx

(this means the integral from 0 to 1)

If you can, then note that, as far as the integral is concerned, (1/x) is a constant, just like 3 is in the above problem.

Q4)

g(x) = ?f(x)dx = xf(x) + C = -xf(x) + C (f is an odd function)

The last two steps here are incorrect.

As for switching the order of integration, forget about it; I presumed you were in a multivariable calc course where you would learn such a thing.

Try integration by parts... on the outer integral.

Originally posted by Hurkyl
Q4)
g(x) = &int;f(x)dx = xf(x) + C = -xf(x) + C (f is an odd function)
The last two steps here are incorrect.

Try integration by parts... on the outer integral. [/B]
Eek, that was an awful mistake.

I got it now.

By applying integration by parts,

&int;-a...a(&int;-a...xf(t)dt)dx
=[ x&int;-a..xf(t)dt ](-a..a) - &int;xf(x)dx
=[ a&int;-a..af(t)dt - (-a)&int;-a..-af(t)dt ]- &int;xf(x)dx

since f(x) is an odd function, so (a&int;[-a..a]f(t)dt) = 0
since the upper limit = lower limit, so (-a)&int;[-a..-a]f(t)dt = 0

The result follows.

Q3)

First let me ask if you know how to compute something like:

&int;[0,1] e3x dx

(this means the integral from 0 to 1)

If you can, then note that, as far as the integral is concerned, (1/x) is a constant, just like 3 is in the above problem.

Yes, I know &int;[0,1] e3x dx = (1/3)&int;[0,1]e3xd(3x) = (1/3)(e^(3x)-1)

Applying this method,

F(x)
= &int;[0..2x] et/x dt
= -(x2/t)&int;[0..2x]et/xd(t/x)

If I need to find F'(x), I have to apply chain rule and isn't a nice job to continue from here.

It seems to me that method is simliar to do substitution, or am I misunderstand something?

I'm still working on Q1 and Q2. I've been taught the technique that you used as demonstration for Q2 but I couldn't think of it while attempting this question.

In general...

&int; eat dt = (1/a) eat + C

so if we plug in 1/x for a, we get...

&int; et/x dt = x et/x + C

Then you can evaluate at the endpoints of [0, 2x] to get the exact answer, at which point differentiation is easy.

Originally posted by Hurkyl
In general...

&int; eat dt = (1/a) eat + C

so if we plug in 1/x for a, we get...

&int; et/x dt = x et/x + C

Then you can evaluate at the endpoints of [0, 2x] to get the exact answer, at which point differentiation is easy.
Oh, we can evaluate the integral first before differentiating it! I see.

## 1. What is a definite integral?

A definite integral is a mathematical concept that represents the area under a curve between two specific points on a graph. It is a way to find the total value of a function over a given interval.

## 2. How do you solve a definite integral?

To solve a definite integral, you first need to find the antiderivative of the function. Then, plug in the upper and lower limits of the integral into the antiderivative and subtract the values to get the final answer.

## 3. What is the difference between a definite and indefinite integral?

A definite integral has specific upper and lower limits, while an indefinite integral does not. This means that a definite integral will give a numerical value, whereas an indefinite integral will give a general equation.

## 4. How can definite integrals be applied in real life?

Definite integrals can be used to find the total distance traveled, the total cost of an item, or the total amount of a substance in a chemical reaction. They are also used in physics, engineering, and economics to solve real-world problems.

## 5. What are some common techniques for solving definite integrals?

Some common techniques for solving definite integrals include substitution, integration by parts, partial fractions, and trigonometric substitutions. It is important to choose the most appropriate technique based on the form of the function and the given limits of the integral.

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