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Simple question on integration of derivative

  1. Sep 6, 2011 #1
    Just wondering what this is

    [itex] \int\frac{d}{dx}dx [/itex]

    What does this equal? Is it even allowed. I was thinking it is equal to identity,
    which in my case is 1.
    Is it equivalent to

    [itex] \int\frac{dx}{dx} [/itex]


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  3. Sep 6, 2011 #2
    It makes no sense. The notation [itex]\frac{d}{dx}[/itex] is just the notation for taking the derivative of something. What you're writing


    is taking the integral of a notation. It's not defined.


    [tex]\int \frac{df}{dx}dx[/tex]

    IS defined: it is the integral of a function. The integral is equal to f (plus a constant).
  4. Sep 6, 2011 #3
    What if I did something like this
    does this make sense?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011
  5. Sep 6, 2011 #4
    I am saying that this will give me

  6. Sep 6, 2011 #5


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    No, it wouldn't. For one thing, that integral is a definite integral, a number, while your first integral will be a function of x.

    Leibniz's rule:
    [tex]\frac{d}{dx}\int_{\alpha(x)}^{\beta(x)} f(x,y)dy= f(x, \beta(x))\frac{d\beta}{dx}- f(x, \alpha(x))\frac{d\alpha}{dx}+ \int_{\alpha(x)}^{\beta(x)} \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} dy[/tex]

    In this particular example, the integral of the derivative would be
    [tex]\int \left(f(x, a(x))\frac{da}{dx}\right)dx+ \int \int_a^{a(x)} \frac{\partial f}{\partial x} dy dx[/tex]
  7. Sep 7, 2011 #6
    Thanks for the help!
  8. Sep 13, 2011 #7
    Integration of a Derivative and
    Differentiation of an Integral
    both result in the original function
    both allude to
    The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
    That is that Integration and Differentiation are Inverse Functions
  9. Sep 23, 2011 #8
    Actually, paulfr, I think it may be a good idea to be more careful:

    I don't know how you would define integrals and derivatives as functions;

    are you referring to definite, or indefinite integrals? If your integral is indefinite,

    then the two processes cannot be inverses of each other, because the indefinite

    integral of f' is f+C, for C real.

    You also need to state that

    f must be a.e continuous (or , having at-most countably-many discontinuities ) for

    f' to be defined. The conditions for the FT Calculus for Lebesgue Integration is

    a little different; I think f being absolutely-continuous is sufficient, but I think it

    can be weakened.
  10. Sep 23, 2011 #9
    My statements are not meant to be taken in a strict Mathematical sense with all conditions stated.
    I was trying to simplify for the student.

    But it is true that ...... informally ......
    For a function to be Differentiable, continuity is necessary but NOT sufficient.
    For a function to be Integrable, continuity IS sufficient but not necessary.

    In general though, as I said, The Fundamental Rule of Calculus is
    Differentiation and Integration are Inverse Operations/Functions/Processes
    You can find this in any Calculus text.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  11. Sep 23, 2011 #10
    Yes, Paulfr, I guess it is difficult for me to take off my Mathematical hat

    and not address every possible case at times. Still, it is not too clear to me the level

    of rigor that autobot.d wanted, so I just tried to complement/expand a bit , just

    in case the OP wanted some more.
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