Definite Integration-Topics in IB Mathematics

Definite Integration

In the previous post, we discussed indefinite integration. Now we shall discuss definite integration

► Definite Integration- We already know that   \int {f\left( x \right){\rm{ }}dx = g\left( x \right) + c}    \leftarrow  this c here is an integral constant. we are not sure about its value. This c is the reason we call this process indefinite integration. But suppose we do our integration between certain limits like:-

\int\limits_a^b {f(x)dx = \left[ {g(x) + c} \right]} _a^b   here a \to  lower limit while b \to  higher limit

\int\limits_a^b {f(x)dx = \left[ {g(b) + c} \right]} - \left[ {g(a) + c} \right]


You can clearly see that this function is independent of ‘c’. Means we can be sure about its value so this type of integration is called  Definite Integration.

►Definite Integration of a function f(x) is possible in [a,b] if f(x) is continuous in the given interval

►If f(x), the integrand, is not continuous for a given value of x then it doesn’t mean that g(x), the integral, is also discontinuous for that value of x.

► Definite integration of a function between given limits like     \int\limits_a^b {f\left( x \right)dx} \Rightarrow         Algebraic sum of areas bounded by the given curve f(x) and given lines x=a and x=b. That’s why the answer for definite integration problems is a single number.

► If \int\limits_a^b {f\left( x \right)dx} = 0 that shows a few things:-

(i) The lines between which area is bounded are co-incident(a=b)

(ii) Area covered above the x-axis=Area covered below the x-axis that means positive part of area and negative part of area is equal

(iii) there must be at least one solution/root to f(x) between x=a and x=b(this is something we study in ROLE’S THEOREM in detail)

► If given function f(x) is not continuous at x=c then we should write

\int\limits_a^b {f\left( x \right)dx} = \int\limits_a^{{c^ - }} {f(x)dx} + \int\limits_{{c^ + }}^a {f(x)dx}

► If given function f(x) > or <0 in any given interval (a,b) then  \int\limits_a^b {f\left( x \right)dx} \Rightarrow  >0 or <0 in given interval (a,b)

► If given function f(x)  \ge  g(x) in the given interval (a,b) then    \int\limits_a^b {f(x)dx \ge } \int\limits_a^b {g(x) \ge } dx 

in the given interval

► If we integrate the given function f(x) in the given interval (a,b) then

\int\limits_a^b {f(x)dx \le } \left| {\int\limits_a^b {g(x) \ge } dx} \right| \le \int\limits_a^b {\left| {f(x)} \right|dx}

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IB Mathematics HL SL-Maxima and Minima

In my previous post, we discussed how to find the equation of tangents and normal to a curve. There are a few more  Applications of Derivatives in IB Mathematics HL SL, ‘Maxima and Minima’ is one of them.

Maxima and Minima:-

1. A function f(x) is said to have a maximum at x = a if f(a) is greater than every other value assumed by f(x) in the immediate neighbourhood of x = a. Symbolically


\left. \begin{array}{l} f(a) > f(a + h)\\ f(a) > f(a - h) \end{array} \right] \Rightarrow x = a   gives maxima for a sufficiently small positive h.

Similarly, a function f(x) is said to have a minimum value at x = b if f(b) is least than every other value assumed by f(x) in the immediate neighbourhood at x = b. Symbolically


\left. \begin{array}{l} f(b) > f(b + h)\\ f(b) > f(b - h) \end{array} \right]  If x = b gives minima for a sufficiently small positive h.


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How To Solve Limit Problems

How To Solve Limit Problems


In my previous post on limits, We have discussed some basic as well as advanced concepts of limits. Here we shall discuss different methods to solve limit questions. Based on the type of function, we can divide all our work into sections-:

Algebraic Limits- Problems of limits that involve algebraic functions are called algebraic limits. They can be further divided into following sections:-

Direct Substitution Method –Suppose we have to find. L = {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f(x) we can directly substitute the value of the limit of the variable (i.e replace x=a) in the expression.

► If f(a) is finite then L=f(a)

► If f(a) is undefined then L doesn’t exist

► If f(a) is indeterminate  then this method fails

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Example-1:- Find value of   {\lim }\limits_{x \to 2} (x²-5x+6) Read more