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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Indefinite Integration-Topics in IB Mathematics

Indefinite Integration

After a long series on differentiation and ‘Application of derivatives‘, we shall now discuss Indefinite Integration. It consists of two different words indefinite and integration.
First of all, we shall learn about Integration.

 Integration is the reverse process of differentiation so we can also call it as antiderivative. There is one more name for it, that is Primitive.
If f & g are functions of x such that g'(x) = f(x) then the function g is called a Primitive Or Antiderivative Or Integral of  f(x) w.r.t. x and is written symbolically as:-

\int {f\left( x \right){\rm{ }}dx = g\left( x \right) + c}

If    \frac{d}{{dx}}\left\{ {f(x) + c} \right\} = f'(x)

then  \int {f'\left( x \right){\rm{ }}dx = f\left( x \right) + c}      here c is just an arbitrary constant. Value of c is not definite that’s why we call it Indefinite Integration.

Techniques  Of  Integration-: There are a few important techniques used to solve problems based on integration

(i) Substitution or  Change of Independent Variable- If the derivative of a function is given in the question, then we should use the method of substitution to integrate that question. Read more

Increasing and Decreasing Functions

Increasing and decreasing functions

This is my third post in the series of “Applications of derivatives”. The previous two were based on “Tangent and Normal” and “Maxima and Minima”.In this post, we shall learn about increasing and decreasing functions. That is one more application of derivatives.

Increasing and Decreasing Functions- We shall first learn about increasing functions

Increasing Function-

(a) Strictly increasing function- A function f (x) is said to be a strictly increasing function on (a, b) if x1< x2  \Rightarrow f(x1) < f (x2) for all xl, x2 \in (a, b).Thus, f(x) is strictly increasing on (a, b) if the values of f(x) increase with the increase in the values of x.Refer to the graph in below-given figure  \Downarrow <img src="increasing decreasing function.jpg" alt="increasing decreasing function">

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Applications of Derivatives in IB Mathematics

Applications of Derivatives in IB


In my previous post, we discussed how to find the derivative of different types of functions as well as the geometrical meaning of differentiation. Here we are discussing  Applications of Derivatives in IB Mathematics
There are many different fields for the Applications of Derivatives. We shall discuss a few of them-

Slope and Equation of tangents to a curve- If We draw a tangent to a curve y=f(x) at a given point   ({x_1},{y_1}), then

The gradient of the curve at given point=the gradient of the tangent line  at given  point

and we already discussed that slope or gradient of the tangent at given point   ({x_1},{y_1})

m=  {\frac{{dy}}{{dx}}_{at({x_1},{y_1})}}


Finally to find the equation of tangent we use the slope-point form of equation

y - {y_1} = m(x - {x_1})

The major part of this concept is also discussed in the previous post. We should also remember following points while solving these types of questions.

(i) If two lines are parallel to each other, their slopes are always equal
i.e     {m_1} = {m_2}
(ii) If two lines are perpendicular to each other, the product of their  slopes is always -1

{m_1}.{m_2} = - 1

(iii) If a line is passing through two points   ({x_1},{y_1}) and  ({x_2},{y_2})  then, slope of the line

m = \frac{{{y_2} - {y_1}}}{{{x_2} - {x_1}}}

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Continuity of functions-IB Maths topics

Continuity of functions-

The word continuous means without any break or gap. Continuity of functions exists when our function is without any break or gap or jump . If there is any gap in the graph, the function is said to be discontinuous.

Graph of functions like sinx,cosx, secx, 1/x etc are continuous (without any gap) while greatest integer function has a break at every point(discontinuous).

1. A function f(x) is said to be continuous at x = c,  if  {\lim }\limits_{x \to c} f(x) = f(c) .


symbolically f is continuous at x = c if  {\lim }\limits_{x \to c - h} f(c + h) = {\lim }\limits_{x \to c - h} f(c - h) = f(c).


It should be noted that continuity of a function at x = a is meaningful only if the function is defined in the immediate neighborhood of x = a, not necessarily at x = a.

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Limit, Continuity & Differentiability-IB Maths Topics

Limit of a function

Limit of a function f(x) is said to exist as, x \to a when

 {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^ + }} f(x) = {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^ - }} f(x) =   finite quantity.


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Fundamental Theorems On Limits :

Let    {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x) = l &   {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x) = l   If l & m exists then :

(i) f (x) ± g (x) = l ± m


(ii) f(x). g(x) = l. m


(iii)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to \infty } \frac{{f(x)}}{{g(x)}} = m  provided  m \ne 0


(iv)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} kf(x) = k {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f(x)   where k is a constant.


(v)    {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} f[g(x)] = f[ {\lim }\limits_{x \to {a^{}}} g(x)] = f(m)provided f is continuous at        g (x) = m


Standard Limits :

(a)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{\sin x}}{x} = 1 and {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{\tan x}}{x} = {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{{\tan }^{ - 1}}x}}{x} = 1 {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{{\sin }^{ - 1}}x}}{x} = 1 Where x is measured in radians


(b)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} {(1 + x)^{\frac{1}{x}}}and {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} {(1 + \frac{1}{x})^x} both are equal to e


(c) {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f(x) = 1and {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x) = \infty  then this will show that  {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f{(x)^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)}} = {e^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)[f(x) - 1]}}


(d)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f(x) = A > 0 and   {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x) = B (a finite quantity) then    {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} f{(x)^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)}} = {e^z}


where z= ^{ {\lim }\limits_{x \to a} \theta (x)\ln f(x)} = {e^{B\ln A}} = {A^B}


(e)  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{a^x} - 1}}{x} = \ln a where a>0. In particular  {\lim }\limits_{x \to 0} \frac{{{e^x} - 1}}{x} = 1


Indeterminant Forms:

\frac{0}{0},\frac{\infty }{\infty },0 \times \infty ,{0^\infty },{\infty ^0} etc are considered to be indeterminant values

We cannot plot \infty  on the paper. Infinity\infty is a symbol & not a number. It does not obey the laws of elementary algebra.

\infty +\infty =\infty

\infty ×\infty \infty

(a/\infty ) = 0 if a is finite v is not defined

a b =0,if & only if a = 0 or b = 0  and  a & b are finite.

Expansion of function like Binomial expansion, exponential & logarithmic expansion, expansion of sinx , cosx , tanx should be remembered by heart & are given below:

(i)  ex =1+x/1!+x3/3!+x4/4!……\infty


(ii)  ax=1+(xloga)/1!+ (xloga)2/2!+ (xloga)3/3!+ (xloga)4/4!+……….where a > 0


(iii)   ln(1-x)=x-x2/2+x3/3-x4/4……….    where -1 < x  1


(iv)  ln(1-x)=-x-x2/2-x3/3-x4/4……….     where  -1 x < 1


(v )  \sin x = x - \frac{{{x^3}}}{{3!}} + \frac{{{x^5}}}{{5!}} - \frac{{{x^7}}}{{7!}}.......


(vi) \cos x = 1 - \frac{{{x^2}}}{{2!}} + \frac{{{x^4}}}{{4!}} - \frac{{{x^6}}}{{6!}}.......


(v)  \tan x = x + \frac{{{x^3}}}{3} + \frac{{2{x^5}}}{{5!}} - ..........


In next post, I will discuss various types of limit problems, their solutions and L’ Hospital’s rule.In the meantime, you can solve these basic questions from this PDF. This PDF is for beginners only. I will post difficult and higher level questions in the next post on this topic


In my second post on limits, you can learn how to solve different types of questions on limits
Here is the link


How to solve trigonometric problems based on complimentary anngles?(concept-3)

IB Maths tutors give great importance to Trigonometry.

Trigonometry is one of the fascinating branches of Mathematics. It deals with the relationships among the sides and angles of a triangle.Word trigonometry was originated from the Greek word, where, ‘TRI‘ means Three‘GON‘ means sides and the ‘METRON’ means to measure. It’s an ancient and probably most widely used branch Mathematics. For basic learning, IB Maths Tutors divide trigonometry in two part:-

1. Trigonometry based on right triangles

2. Trigonometry based on non-right triangles.

Here, we are discussing trigonometry based on non-right triangles only.

In the third article of this series, we will discuss problems based on complementary angles

In the third article of this series, we will discuss problems based on complementary angles

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In this right triangle Sin A=BC/AC & Cos C=BC/AC   clearly: Sin A=Cos C  In the given triangle A+C=90° so we can write C=(90°-A). This gives us freedom to write Sin A=Cos (90°-A) similarly we can write these relationships     Read more

IB Tutors-useful pdfs

I am sharing few documents prepared by experienced IB Tutors


Below is a past year paper for ib mathematics


Below is an important worksheet for Differentiability of Functions




Below is an important worksheet for logarithms




Below is an important worksheet for maxima and minima value of Functions



IB Mathematics Tutors- types of mathematical function(part-1)

IB Mathematics Tutors should give a fair number of hours in teaching functions.This is my third article on functions in the series of ib mathematics

For the sake of a comprehensive discussion, some standard functions and their graphs are discussed here

For the sake of a comprehensive discussion, some standard functions and their graphs are discussed here
1.Constant Function-
Domain= ℝ    

                                            Range    = {k}                                       

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Range    = {k}

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