This is probably really simple and I'm just over thinking but...

For my homework, some questions say "Find the integral" and some say "Evaluate the integral". Is there a difference between the two? Or does "find" and "evaluate" mean the same thing?

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- Dec 4th 2012, 05:06 PMtebowgocrayIntegral question
This is probably really simple and I'm just over thinking but...

For my homework, some questions say "Find the integral" and some say "Evaluate the integral". Is there a difference between the two? Or does "find" and "evaluate" mean the same thing? - Dec 4th 2012, 07:07 PMSorobanRe: Integral question
Hello, tebowgocray!

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For my homework, some questions say "Find the integral" and some say "Evaluate the integral".

Is there a difference between the two?

Or does "find" and "evaluate" mean the same thing?

In my experience, "find the integral" refers to anintegral: $\displaystyle \int\! 2x\,dx \:=\:x^2+C$*indefinite*

While "evaluate" usually refers to aintegral: $\displaystyle \int^2_1\!\!2x\,dx \:=\:x^2\bigg]^2_1 \:=\:2^2 - 1^2 \:=\:3$*definite*

After all, "evaluate" means "find the value".

But many (most?) textbooks interchange the terms freely.