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Definite Integrals

Definite Integrals

Left-Hand Sum Exercises

Example 1

Let R be the area between the graph of f (x) = x2 + 1 and the x-axis on the interval [0, 4].

  • Draw R and the 8 rectangles that result from using a Left-Hand Sum with 8 sub-intervals to approximate the area of R.
  • Use the Left-Hand sum with 8 sub-intervals to approximate the area of R (you might want a calculator).

Example 2

  • Let S be the area between the graph of y = f (x) = 2x and the x-axis on the interval [1, 6].
  • Draw S.
  • Use a Left-Hand Sum with 2 sub-intervals to approximate the area of S. Draw S and the rectangles used in this Left-Hand Sum on the same graph.
  • Use a Left-Hand Sum with 5 sub-intervals to approximate the area of S. Draw S and the rectangles used in this Left-Hand Sum on the same graph.
  • Are the approximations bigger or smaller than the actual area of S?

Example 3

  • Let W be the area between the graph of and the x-axis on the interval [1, 4].
  • Draw W.
  • Use a Left-Hand Sum with 3 subintervals to approximate the area of W. Draw W and the rectangles used in this Left-Hand Sum on the same graph.
  • Use a Left-Hand Sum with 6 subintervals to approximate the area of W. Draw W and the rectangles used in this Left-Hand Sum on the same graph.
  • Are your approximations bigger or smaller than the actual area of W?

Example 4

  • The table below shows some values of an increasing function.

  • Use a left-hand sum with one sub-interval to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [2, 8].
  • Use a left-hand sum with three sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [2, 8].
  • Are your answers over- or under-estimates of the actual area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [2, 8]?

Example 5

  • Some values of the decreasing function g are given in the table below:

  • Use a left-hand sum with 3 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of g and the x-axis on the interval [-1, 2].
  • Use a left-hand sum with 2 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of g and the x-axis on the interval [-1, 2].
  • Are your answers over- or under-estimates for the actual area between the graph of g and the x-axis on the interval [-1, 2]?

Example 6

  • Let f (x) = x2 + 6x + 9. Use a left-hand sum with 6 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [-6, -3].

Example 7

  • Let f(x) = -x2 + 2x + 8. Use a left-hand sum with 8 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [0, 4].

Example 8

Let g be a function with values given by the table below. 

Use a left-hand sum with 3 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of g and the x-axis on the interval [0,12].

Example 9

Let h be a function with values given by the table below. Use a left-hand sum with 9 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of h and the x-axis on the interval [-9, 9].

Example 10

The function f (x) on the interval [0, 30] is graphed below. Use a left-hand sum with 3 sub-intervals to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on this interval.

Example 11

Use a left-hand sum with the sub-intervals indicated by the data in the table to estimate the area between the graph of f and the x-axis on the interval [-10, 1].

Example 12

Use a left-hand sum with the sub-intervals indicated by the data in the table to estimate the area between the graph of g and the x-axis on the interval [0, 5π].

Example 13

Use a left-hand sum to estimate the area between the graph of h and the x-axis on the interval [2, 7].

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