# The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

1. Jan 21, 2015

### thegoosegirl42

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Evaluate the definite integral of the algebraic function. Use a graphing utility to verify your result.
Integral from [1 to 2] of (3/x^2 - 1)

2. Relevant equations
The answer is 1/2
f(x)dx= F(b) - F(a)

3. The attempt at a solution
I tried taking it to make it -x^-3 - 1x as the antiderivative but when I put 2 in and then 1 I don't get the answer.

2. Jan 21, 2015

### Nathanael

Take the derivative to check your answer. Is it correct?

3. Jan 21, 2015

### thegoosegirl42

Gosh dang it I was going down in exponent when I should have been going up. The new derivative would be -3x^-1 -1x making the answer be -3.5+4 Thus the answer is .5. Thank you so much.