I didn't know how to do this problem on the test I took today...could someone work this out?
yes that's what i thought too! but i haven't seen a "trick" question on a test in years so i thought you could really differentiate it. but shouldn't the answer have a constant added at the end? is is the same with a definite integral?Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
First off, I don't think there are really "trick" questions on tests. (After doing some teaching myself) I suspect that there are teachers that make mistakes and won't fess up to it. I've had some teachers obviously do that, anyway.Originally Posted by c_323_h
Anyway, to the question. When you do an indefinite integral you need to introduce a constant. When you differentiate this the constant goes away and you are left with just the original integrand. When you do a definite integral the result is a number. So when you differentiate this you get zero.
So the answer to your question, as THP says, will be the original integrand.