# Homework Help: Fund. Theorem Calc. Part I

1. Sep 19, 2006

### NotMrX

Suppse the following function was written:

$$f(x)=\int_{0}^{x} \frac{t-1}{t^4+1} dt$$

Then we could assume there is a solution:
f(x) = F(x) - F(0)

Take the derivative:
f'(x) = F'(x) - F'(0) = F'(x)
$$f'(x)=\frac{x-1}{x^4+1}$$

Then we could determine if the function is increasing or decreasing over an interval. Without taking the antiderivative how could we determine what the following values are:
f(0)
f(1)
f(-1)

2. Sep 19, 2006

F(x0) represents the value of the primitive function F at a point x0, not a function. Do not mess up variables x with fixed points, which are conventionally called x0, a, b, c, etc.

3. Sep 19, 2006

### HallsofIvy

f(0) is easy:
$$F(0)= \int_0^0 \frac{t-1}{t^4-1}dx= 0$$
There is no way to determine f(1) or f(-1) without actually doing the integral.

4. Sep 19, 2006