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    Find a lower estimate and an upper estimate

    a = 20

    (a) By reading values from the given graph of f, use five rectangles to find a lower estimate and an upper estimate for the area under the given graph of f from x = 0 to x = 40.

    A (lower estimate)
    A (upper estimate)

    (b) Find new estimates using ten rectangles in each case.

    A (lower estimate)
    A (upper estimate)


    for (a) i got the width (40-0)/5 which is 8...but it says estimate using 5 rectangles...how would i get the area of 5 rectangles if the width is 8....

    same problem with (b)
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    Area of a rectangle is width \times length so try 8\times f(8)+ 8\times f(16)+\dots
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    Quote Originally Posted by rushin25 View Post
    a = 20

    (a) By reading values from the given graph of f, use five rectangles to find a lower estimate and an upper estimate for the area under the given graph of f from x = 0 to x = 40.

    A (lower estimate)
    A (upper estimate)

    (b) Find new estimates using ten rectangles in each case.

    A (lower estimate)
    A (upper estimate)


    for (a) i got the width (40-0)/5 which is 8...but it says estimate using 5 rectangles...how would i get the area of 5 rectangles if the width is 8....

    same problem with (b)
    Each of those small rectangles on the grid has width 4 so 8 is just 2 of those rectangles.

    It looks to me like that, for the first two rectangles, the graph is always above 4 and below 12 so the 'lower integral" would use a rectangle of width 8 and height 4, having area 4(8)= 32 while the "upper integral" would use a rectangle of width 8 and height 12, having area 12(8)= 96.

    Now, what about the next two integrals, between 8 and 16?
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