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    Area

    Find the total area between the region and the x-axis
    y=-x^2-2x, -3(less than equal to)x(less than equal to) 2

    I started the problem but my answer does not match the answer in the textbook
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    \text{Area}=\int_a^b (f(x)-g(x))dx,\ f(x)\geq g(x)

    Find the intervals where f(x)\geq g(x) and vice versa. g(x)=0 in this problem.

    Hint: f(x)=x^2-2x=x(x-2) and study for which intervals that f(x) \geq 0 and for which f(x) \leq 0.
    Last edited by Spec; June 1st 2009 at 02:53 PM.
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