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Question 08 (g)
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For a certain function ƒ(x), the following equation holds:
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Recall that for a function we have that the general formula for a Riemann sum is
where and lastly,
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We wish to find so that
This requires making the limit of the Riemann sum (the expression on the left) look more like:
Our interval is and this makes . We also know Let's rewrite the sum in terms of and :
In comparing what we want, , with , we must .