MATH101 April 2005
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Question 02 (a)
Full-Solution Problem. Justify your answer and show all your work. Simplification of your answer is not required.
Let be the finite region bounded above by the curve
and bounded below by
Carefully sketch and find its area explicitly.
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There are two key things to figure out. One is the points of intersection and the other is which curve is larger on the region of integration.
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First, we find the points of intersection. Set the curves equal to each other so that
Then isolating to one side gives
and so the x coordinates of the points of intersection are . Now, plugging in the point into both curves shows that is the upper most curve. Hence, the area we seek is
completing the question.
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