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Question 06 (a) 

Consider the function . (a) Calculate the area, , bounded by the axis, axis and (shaded area in figure) or show that it does not exist 
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Hint 

First, set up the integral. Then, as the integral could be improper, integrate the integrand first. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The area that we wish to determine is the left shaded area, which equals to the following integral
Integrating the integrand gives, by the Power Rule of Differentiation,
We see that is defined everywhere on but undefined at . Hence, we have an improper integral, and it equals to
Evaluating this using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus now gives
We note that and that . Hence, the integral diverges and the area is
