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and in other case

it could calculate a volume.

an integral should do only one thing

not both??

for what characteristics it could used to calculate area,

for what its volume

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and in other case

it could calculate a volume.

an integral should do only one thing

not both??

for what characteristics it could used to calculate area,

for what its volume

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tiny-tim

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It depends what you're integrating.

(did you have something specific in mind?)

For example, with an irregular solid you'd probably need 3 integrals, but with say an irregular cylinder (like a cookie-cutter ), all the heights are the same, so you only use 2 integrals .

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Mark44

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A single integral could represent an area, volume, length, probability, or any number of other concepts, depending on what we have decided to use for units. It's similar for double integrals.

What makes you think that an integral is supposed to do only one thing?

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