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    Integration Applications - Any strategies?

    I'm in a cal II class at my university, and we just started integration applications. As with any application, you have to find a way to come up with something to evaluate because the equation isn't always given. The problem is that being totally new to integration applications is not helping me when I'm all of a sudden hit with outrageous word problems. I don't know how to approach any word problem because I don't know how to bring things together to form an equation for integration.

    My question is are there any general strategies I can use to approach the word problems I encounter?
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    I have always found that if I am having any troubles with application problems I will try my best to draw a picture of the problem or write down what I know and what I need to know and then it is almost always easier to go from A to B for me. I am sure you are looking for some sort of an actual strategy though.
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    Even with pictures it's hard to determine values of parts, especially when you're working a word problem with just variables. Thanks for trying though.

    Anybody else?
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