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    Question Integration/trapezium rule

    a revision question asks to solve an intergral by trapezium rule which I'm okay with. However the second part of the question doesnt even make any sense to me

    Write down the least value of sec x for 0 <= x <= pi/2. hence show that <br />
\int_0^a \sqrt{secx } dx > a for 0 < a < pi/2

    Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dojo View Post
    a revision question asks to solve an intergral by trapezium rule which I'm okay with. However the second part of the question doesnt even make any sense to me

    Write down the least value of sec x for 0 <= x <= pi/2. hence show that <br />
\int_0^a \sqrt{secx } dx > a for 0 < a < pi/2

    Any ideas?
    sec(x)= \frac{1}{cos(x)} so its least value is 1 over the largest value of cos(x). What is that largest value of cos(x) for x between 0 and \pi/2?

    Once you have m= least value of sec(x), m, say, then \int_0^a \sqrt{sec(x)}dx\ge \int_0^a \sqrt{m}dx= \sqrt{m}\int_0^adx= a\sqrt{m}.
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    The highest value of cosine is 1 which occurs at zero. But I still dont get what is happening here?

    sorry
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    Question Integration query

    I understand that cos 0 will give the highest value (1) and sec 0 will be 1. But what now? I just dont understand.

    Any ideas??
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