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Question 01 (j)

Find the area under the graph of $\displaystyle y=e^{2x}$ for $\displaystyle x\geq 0$

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Hint

To proceed, we want to evaluate the integral
$\displaystyle \int _{0}^{\infty }e^{2x}\,dx$

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Solution

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This question is asking for the value of
$\displaystyle \int _{0}^{\infty }e^{2x}\,dx$
To solve this, we solve the improper integral as follows. First change to a limit
$\displaystyle \int _{0}^{\infty }e^{2x}\,dx=\lim _{b\to \infty }\int _{0}^{b}e^{2x}\,dx$
Next we integrate:
$\displaystyle \lim _{b\to \infty }\int _{0}^{b}e^{2x}\,dx=\lim _{b\to \infty }{\frac {e^{2x}}{2}}{\Bigr }_{0}^{b}$
Plug in the endpoints:
$\displaystyle \lim _{b\to \infty }{\frac {e^{2x}}{2}}{\Bigr }_{0}^{b}=\lim _{b\to \infty }\left({\frac {e^{2b}}{2}}{\frac {e^{2(0)}}{2}}\right)$
And we notice that the first limit is 0 (e to a large negative number is 0) and the second is independent of the limit and thus
$\displaystyle \lim _{b\to \infty }\left({\frac {e^{2b}}{2}}{\frac {e^{2(0)}}{2}}\right)={\frac {1}{2}}$
Thus
$\displaystyle \int _{0}^{\infty }e^{2x}\,dx={\frac {1}{2}}$
completing the question.

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