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Homework Help: Finding the integral of x^a using a geometric progression

  1. Jan 24, 2005 #1
    Let's say [tex] y = x^a [/tex] and you want to find [tex] \int^b_a x^a [/tex]

    How would you find this using a geometric progression?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Jan 24, 2005 #2

    dextercioby

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    1.U forgot "dx" in the integral...
    2.I'm sure u cannot use geometric progression,if [itex] a=-1 [/itex]
    3.Do u know how to work with Riemann sums???

    Daniel.
     
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