Integration, Mathematics


We have, so far, seen that differential calculus measures the rate of change of functions. Differentiation is the process of finding the derivative (rate of change) of a function F(x) and is denoted by   F'(x)  Often, we may know the rate of change,  F'(x) of a function F(x) which is unknown to us. In such situations we would like to find out the original function F(x) from the derivative,   F'(x).  Reversing the process of differentiation and finding out the original function from the derivative is called integration. The original function, F(x) is called the integral.

Let f(x) = F'(x)  The integral of f(x) is mathematically expressed as


= F(x) + c

The left hand side of the equation is read as "the indefinite integral of f(x) with respect to x. The symbol   2116_integration1.png  is the integral sign, f(x) is the integrand and 'c' is an arbitrary constant. The arbitrary constant 'c' is added because of the following reason:

If  d/dx {F(x)} = f(x) then we can also write that  d/dx {F(x) + c} = f(x) where 'c' is an arbitrary constant, because the derivative of any constant is zero.

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