# Area between Curves

• Mar 15th 2011, 01:30 PM
rawkstar
Area between Curves
Hey I have a calc exam Thursday and have been practicing for it. I came across this area problem that has me stumped, usually area is no problem for me but I can't seem to figure this one out.

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I figured that you would break the area into two from 0 to 1 and 1 to 3 since the function and y=127 intersect at x=1 but when I went to integrate everything the computer told me that my answer was wrong. Please help
• Mar 15th 2011, 02:15 PM
HallsofIvy
The question, as posted, doesn't make sense to me. The graph of the cubic, the x-axis, and x= 1 form a single region. I don't see what "y= 127" has to do with that.
• Mar 15th 2011, 03:24 PM
Soroban
Hello, rawkstar!

Since you didn't show your work, we have no idea where your error is.

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$\displaystyle \text{Consider the region bounded by the graph of:}$
$\displaystyle y\:=\:x^3 + 18x^2 + 108x,\;(0 \le x \le 1)\,\text{ on the left,}$
$\displaystyle x\text{-axis below, }\,y = 127\text{ above, and }x = 3\text{ on the right.}$

$\displaystyle \text{(1) Find the area of the region.}$

The graph looks like this:

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         |     127+      * - - - - - - - *         |      .|:::::::::::::::|         |    .*|:::::::::::::::|         |  .*B:|::::::A::::::::|         | .*::::|:::::::::::::::|     - - * - - - + - - - + - - - + -         |      1      2      3         |

Area $\displaystyle \,A$ is a 2-by-127 rectangle: .$\displaystyle A = 254$

Area $\displaystyle \,B$ requires an integral: .$\displaystyle \displaystyle B \;=\;\int^1_0(x^3 + 18x^2 + 108x)\,dx$

We have: .$\displaystyle B \;=\;\frac{1}{4}x^4 + 6x^3 + 54x^2\,\bigg]^1_0 \;=\;\frac{1}{4} + 6 + 54$
. . . . . . . .$\displaystyle B \;=\;60\frac{1}{4}$

Therefore, the total area is: .$\displaystyle 254 + 60\frac{1}{4} \;=\;314\frac{1}{4}\text{ units}^2.$