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Homework Help: Problems computing area with integrals.

  1. Jan 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the total area enclosed by the graphs of


    2. Relevant equations

    No real equations, just using integrals

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I graph the functions and find they intersect at 0 and 5, and that y=x^2+16x seems to be the upper function while y=9x^2-x^3+x is the lower function.

    I set up an integral with the lower limit 0 and the upper limit 5, and x^2+16x - (9x^2-x^3+x) dx inside the integral.

    I solve by simplifying and using the fundamental theorem of calculus and get 10.416. The homework website I'm using is telling me this is wrong...

    Thank you.
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  3. Jan 29, 2009 #2


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    They intersect at three points, not two. One is a cubic equation. Can you find them?
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
  4. Jan 29, 2009 #3
    I've checked it which sage and I get 10.416... I say forget what the website says.
  5. Jan 29, 2009 #4
    Nevermind. Follow Dick's advice.
  6. Jan 29, 2009 #5
    Found it and got the correct answer. Thanks a bunch!
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