# Evaluating definite integral

## Main Question or Discussion Point

I know the value of the following definite integral

$\int_{a}^{b}ydx$

I also have a realtion

$x=f(y)$

i.e. x is an explicit function of y but I do not have y as an explicit
function of x. The relation between x and y is generally non linear.

Now I want to get the following definite integral

$\int_{a}^{b}\left[\int ydx\right]xdx$

i.e. $\int ydx$ multiplied by x evaluated over the interval [a,b].

Is there an analytic (not numeric) way to evaluate this integral using
for example mean value or similar averaging technique?

Well, I think all you need to do is to find $dx$ in terms of $dy$ and then it should be simple since you already have $x$ in terms of $y$, just sub in the integral.

$dx=f'(y)dy$
$\displaystyle\large\therefore \int_a^b \left[\int ydx\right]xdx=\int_a^b \left[\int yf'(y)dy\right]f(y)f'(y)dy$

You already have the value of the integral $\displaystyle\large\int_a^b ydx=\int_a^b yf'(y)dy$

I believe (but do not recall) that there is a way to use sort of the "opposite" of the mean value theorem.

Also, if possible, it would simply be easy enough to take $f^{-1}(y)$

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I know the value of the following definite integral

$\int_{a}^{b}ydx$

I also have a realtion

$x=f(y)$

i.e. x is an explicit function of y but I do not have y as an explicit
function of x. The relation between x and y is generally non linear.

Now I want to get the following definite integral

$\int_{a}^{b}\left[\int ydx\right]xdx$

i.e. $\int ydx$ multiplied by x evaluated over the interval [a,b].

Is there an analytic (not numeric) way to evaluate this integral using
for example mean value or similar averaging technique?