Question:
Find the area enclosed between the curves and .
Attempt:
Enclosed Area =
Answer in the text book is
First, find the points where the two functions intersect, which is to say you have to define the "ends" of the enclosed area. Both functions are equal to y, so set them equal to one another:
Solving that gives - remember - I think this is the step you missed.
In the interval (-2,2), has a greater value than . In other words, will be the "top" function.
You're going to have to integrate with respect to x as x goes from -2 to 2, as those are the "ends" of the region of intersection. To find the area enclosed between two curves, you integrate where is the "top" function and is the "bottom" function.
So your integral is:
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Hope this helps!