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find the area bounded by the graph y = 4x^2 -1, the x axis and the ordinates x = -1/2 and x=1

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  1. dumbcow
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    \[A = \int\limits_{1/2}^{1}(4x^{2} -1) dx\]

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  2. virtus
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    smartcow, i thought the ordinates were from -1/2 where did you get the 1/2 from?

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  3. dumbcow
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    well when i graphed it, the parabola from -1/2 to 1/2 is below the x-axis ?

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  4. virtus
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    so ....?

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  5. dumbcow
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    is it bounded by the x-axis above or below ?

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  6. virtus
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    |dw:1328176928988:dw|

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    |dw:1328176997411:dw|

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  8. virtus
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    so is the shaded the area? |dw:1328177068433:dw|

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  9. dumbcow
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    hmm i guess that makes more sense...why do they say it is bounded by the x-axis then

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  10. virtus
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    but when i find the area i get 0 or maybe i have done some stupid error lemme check

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  11. dumbcow
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    no i get 0 as well, if the limits are -1/2 to 1

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  12. dumbcow
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    thats because the area under the x-axis is negative

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  13. virtus
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    the answer in my solution book says the answer is 4/3 square units

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  14. dumbcow
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    hmm well the area from 1/2 to 1 is 2/3 are you sure its not x=-1 an x=1

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  15. virtus
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    i am sure it is x=1

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  16. virtus
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    perhaps the answer in the solution book is wrong then or the question is wrong

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  17. dumbcow
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    |dw:1328177655800:dw| \[\int\limits_{-1}^{-1/2}(4x^{2} -1)dx + \int\limits_{1/2}^{1}(4x^{2} -1)dx = 2/3 + 2/3 = 4/3\] thats my best guess :)

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  18. virtus
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    WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is brilliant thinking goodjob smartcow, thanks for the help greatly appreciated

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    your welcome

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  20. FoolForMath
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    But the only solution for \( 4x^2-1\) is \(\pm\frac 12 \)

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  21. virtus
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    genius what are you trying to say?

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  22. FoolForMath
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    The parabola intersects the x axis at \(\pm \frac 12 \)

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  23. FoolForMath
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    This question is not correct in my opinion.

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  24. virtus
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    oh i see, i think i support your opinion

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  25. FoolForMath
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    See here, the area is not well defined :http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=+y+%3D+4x%5E2+-1%3Bx%3D-1%2F2%3Bx%3D1%3Bx%3D0%3By%3D0

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  26. virtus
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    ya

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  27. FoolForMath
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    ya ya :D

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  28. FoolForMath
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    So I think dumcow's interpretation is not correct either.

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  29. virtus
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    ya ya :D

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  30. dumbcow
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    haha sorry i should have clarified , my drawing assumes the question is wrong at to get area of 4/3 the bounds must be x=-1 and x=1 and x-axis

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  31. virtus
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    no need to apologise! you have a case indeed hehehe

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  32. FoolForMath
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    But the bound x=-1 and x=1 makes no sense right?

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  33. virtus
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    ya

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  34. FoolForMath
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    ya ya :D

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  35. FoolForMath
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    I am leaving now, take care :)

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  36. virtus
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    farewell genius, and thanks for the help once again !

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