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Question 02 (a) 

Let R be the bounded region that lies between the curve and the line . Sketch R and find its area. 
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Hint 

Where does the two curves intersect? If you find the values of x, namely a and b (where a<b) so that the curves intersect, then the area bounded by the two curves is given by where f(x) denotes the curve above the region R and g(x) denotes the curve below respectively. You will need the sketch to determine which curve is above and which is below. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Since the two curves and intersects when Thus, the curves intersect at x=1 and x=2. Moreover, from the sketch, we can see that f(x) > g(x) in the interval [1, 2]. Therefore, the area A bounded by the curves is given by: 