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Find area contained by the curve

  1. May 10, 2010 #1
    FInd the area contained by the curve and the x axis
    y = (2x-7)(x+4)



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    I dont know really where to start all I have done is multiply out the brackets like so
    y = 2x^(2) + x - 28

    Will the curve cross the x axis at x = -4 and x = 7/2 ??
     
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  3. May 10, 2010 #2

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    Yes, of course. Since you are supposed to find the area between this curve and the x axis, you will need to set up a definite integral.
     
  4. May 10, 2010 #3
    Ok so i set up the definite integral:

    Next I integrated the equation to give me:

    2/3 x^(3) +x^(2)/2 -28x

    I then subst in values and gave me a final value of:
    -140 5/8

    Is this correct? Sorry bad formatting on integration
     
  5. May 10, 2010 #4

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    For what you did, that answer is correct, but what you did isn't correct. The area should never be negative. The region whose area you are finding lies beneath the x-axis, so the area of your typical area element is (0 - (2x2 + x - 28))[itex]\Delta x[/itex].
     
  6. May 10, 2010 #5
    Ah I see but it will just come out with the same answer but positive if I adopt the method u suggest?
     
  7. May 10, 2010 #6

    Mark44

    Staff: Mentor

    Yes.
     
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