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Question 03

Find the area of the region bounded by
 $y={\frac {2}{x}},\quad y=4{\sqrt {x}}\quad {\text{and}}\quad y=x.$

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First, we sketch each of the three curves to see what is the region that we are talking about.
We will need to find the coordinates of points A and B which are the intersection of curves. For A we have
 ${\begin{aligned}x&={\frac {2}{x}}\\x^{2}&=2\\x&=\pm {\sqrt {2}}\end{aligned}}$
We can see from the picture that we are interested in the point with a positive x coordinate, so
 $\displaystyle A=({\sqrt {2}},{\sqrt {2}})$
For B we have
 ${\begin{aligned}4{\sqrt {x}}&={\frac {2}{x}}\\x^{3/2}&={\frac {1}{2}}\\x&=\left({\frac {1}{2}}\right)^{2/3}={\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}\end{aligned}}$
And so since y = 2/x we have
 $\displaystyle B=\left({\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}},2{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}\right)$
This allows us to write the desired area as the sum of 2 integrals
 ${\begin{aligned}{\text{area}}&=\int _{0}^{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}\left((x)(4{\sqrt {x}})\right)\,dx+\int _{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}^{\sqrt {2}}\left((x)({\frac {2}{x}})\right)\,dx\\&=\int _{0}^{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}\left(x+4{\sqrt {x}}\right)\,dx+\int _{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}^{\sqrt {2}}\left(x+{\frac {2}{x}}\right)\,dx\\&=\left[{\frac {x^{2}}{2}}+{\frac {4\cdot 2}{3}}x^{3/2}\right]_{0}^{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}+\left[{\frac {x^{2}}{2}}+2\ln(x)\right]_{\frac {1}{\sqrt[{3}]{4}}}^{\sqrt {2}}\\&={\frac {(2^{2/3})^{2}}{2}}+{\frac {8}{3}}(2^{2/3})^{3/2}+00{\frac {({\sqrt {2}})^{2}}{2}}+2\ln({\sqrt {2}})+{\frac {(2^{2/3})^{2}}{2}}2\ln(2^{2/3})\\&={\frac {4}{3}}1+\ln(2)+{\frac {4}{3}}\ln(2)\\&={\frac {1}{3}}+{\frac {7}{3}}\ln(2)\end{aligned}}$

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