MATH103 April 2005
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Question 05 (a)
Consider the curve given by
for where are constants with and .
(a) Compute the area of the region between this curve and the x-axis for . (Later we will refer to this area as A.)
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The area A under the graph of a function y = f(x) on the interval [a,b] is
Note the subtlety when p = 1, this is a special case that needs to be treated separately!
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There are actually two cases we have to consider here, if p=1 and if . We will see why below:
First assume that . Given the function on the interval [1,B], the area between this curve and the x-axis is
Note that, if p=1, then the above does not work because we would divide by 1-p=0.
Hence we treat p=1 separately. The function becomes and on the interval [1,B], the area between this curve and the x-axis is
So our final answer is
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