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**bgonzal8** L= definite Integral a - b [sqrt(1+(dy/dx)^2)]dx

y - 2 = (x+2)^3/2 points (-2,2) to (2,10)

y=(x+2)^3/2 +2

y' = 3/2 (x+2)^1/2

1 + (y')^2 = 9x/4 +9/2 + 1 = (9/4)x +11/2

I am getting stuck when it comes to setting up the integral, i forgot the law is it correct to distribute the integral when adding ? This is true, but you can't forget about the radical. It is Not OK to distribute the integral through that.

The answer I get is:

Def. Int. (-2 --> 2) of [sqrt((9/4)x +11/2)]dx =

[(3/2)x^3/2 +2.345x + C]-2 --> 2

but I really don't like that last term 2.345x, i think i did it wrong. If you can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciated.