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 one year ago
What is integration? What is differenciation? What do we actually do by doing that?Explain please
 one year ago
What is integration? What is differenciation? What do we actually do by doing that?Explain please

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ParthKohli
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1Integration is the inverse of differentiation. Differentiation is the inverse of integration.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Differentiation, in a nutshell, is getting the rate of change of one variable, with respect to another. In effect, dy/dx is simply how quickly y changes given a change in x.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Graphically, the derivative is the slope of the tangent line at a point. The steeper, the bigger, of course.dw:1361026112848:dw Make do with this, I suck at drawing!

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2dw:1361026152021:dw So, this is the tangent line at this point, and its slope is the value of the derivative. As you can see, at this point, the function is increasing, and so the derivative, or the slope of this tangent line, is positive.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2dw:1361026217803:dw Over here, the slope of the tangent line is negative, and you can see that the function is decreasing at this point.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2There are times when the slope of the tangent line is zero, the could usually mean that you're at a relative extremum (either a maximum or a minimum). In any case, it means the function is 'stable' at that point.dw:1361026305680:dw

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Sticking to two variables, y = f(x), the derivative of y with respect to x, written dy/dx, is more often than not, also a function of x. dy/dx = f'(x) that's how it's usually written.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Let y = f(x) The indefinite integral of f(x), written \[\large \int\limits f(x)dx\] is a function F(x) such that F'(x) = f(x), or as @ParthKohli mentioned, the inverse of differentiation.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2I say it is *a* function F(x) and not *the* function F(x) because the indefinite integral of a function is never unique. All indefinite integrals of functions only differ by constants, though.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Now, if there's an indefinite integral, you can bet there's something called the "definite Integral". It has a different concept to it. Let's go back to the curve, and add in the cartesian plane.

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2dw:1361026761048:dw

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Say you want to find this area, right here... dw:1361026815625:dw

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2The curve is our function, y = f(x) a and b are where the function intersects the xaxis. The definite integral is the area of the region bounded by the curve of y=f(x) and the lines x=a and x=b Denoted by \[\huge \int\limits_{a}^{b}f(x)dx\]

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2Now, see, graphically, the derivative is the slope of the tangent line, the indefinite integral is the function whose derivative is f(x). So the indefinite integral has something to do with derivatives While the definite integral has something to do with the area under a curve. Why are they both called integrals? :P

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2The answer has to do with what's called the fundamental theorem of calculus. There are two of them, actually, but they say similar things, essentially. dw:1361027070141:dw The theorems make it so that the definite integral of the curve from point a to point b, this is equal to the difference of an antiderivative evaluated from points b to a. If that confuses you, then just consider this elegant way to put it: \[\huge \int\limits_{a}^{b}f(x)dx=F(b)  F(a)\] Where \[\huge \frac{d}{dx}F(x)=F'(x)=f(x)\]

terenzreignz
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.2And there you go. Who'd have thought two seemingly unrelated things such as the slope of the tangent line, and the area under a curve, are actually very much related? :) I hope you enjoyed this rather drab online lecture from me :P
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