# Absolute value integration.

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• May 15th 2010, 08:55 PM
integral
Absolute value integration.
Such as:

$\int^{2}_{0} \left | 2x \right |dx$

How do you solve this?
Thank you in advance

$\int$
• May 15th 2010, 09:14 PM
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Such as:

$\int^{2}_{0} \left | 2x \right |dx$

How do you solve this?
Thank you in advance

$\int$

Remember that

$|X| = \begin{cases}\phantom{-}X\textrm{ if }X \geq 0\\-X\textrm{ if }X < 0\end{cases}$.

So if $X = 2x$

$|2x| = \begin{cases}\phantom{-}2x\textrm{ if }X \geq 0\\-2x\textrm{ if }X < 0\end{cases}$.

In your case, since $0 \leq 2x \leq 2$, that means $|2x| = 2x$.
• May 15th 2010, 11:15 PM
integral
So the indefinite would be the integral of positive 2x OR the integral of -2x?
• May 15th 2010, 11:30 PM
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So the indefinite would be the integral of positive 2x OR the integral of -2x?

No, it's $+2x$ only.