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    Integral 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?
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    Re: Integral question

    Hello, tebowgocray!

    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 an indefinite integral: \int\! 2x\,dx \:=\:x^2+C

    While "evaluate" usually refers to a definite integral: \int^2_1\!\!2x\,dx \:=\:x^2\bigg]^2_1 \:=\:2^2 - 1^2 \:=\:3
    After all, "evaluate" means "find the value".


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