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Section 4 Antidifferentiation

Subsection 4.1 A Few More Features

This subsection demonstrates a few more features.

Definition 4.1 Antiderivative of a Function

Suppose that \(f(x)\) and \(F(x)\) are two functions such that

\begin{equation*} F^\prime(x) = f(x). \end{equation*}

Then we say \(F\) is an antiderivative of \(f\text{.}\)

The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus in one of the high points of a course in single-variable course.

Left to the reader.

We state an equivalent version of the FTC, which is less-suited for computation, but which perhaps is a more interesting theoretical statement.

We simply take the indicated derivative, applying Theorem 4.2 at (4.2).

\begin{align} \frac{d}{dx}\definiteintegral{a}{x}{f(t)}{t}&=\frac{d}{dx}\left(F(x)-F(a)\right)\label{equation-use-FTC}\tag{4.2}\\ &=\frac{d}{dx}F(x)-\frac{d}{dx}F(a)\notag\\ &=f(x)-0 = f(x)\tag{4.3} \end{align}

Subsection WeBWorK Exercises

The first problem in this list is coming from the WeBWorK Open Problem Library. One implication of this is that we might want to provide some commentary that connects the problem to the text. The other two ask for essay answers, which would be graded by an instructor, so in the HTML output there is no opportunity to provide an answer.

1 Antiderivatives

Consult Definition 4.1 and the The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus to assist you with the following problem.

Unless the OPL has changed this problem out from under us, note the “SOLUTION” appearing in the solution. That is hard-coded into the OPL version of the problem. This is an example of something undesirable that may happen when using OPL problems that were not originally written with PreTeXt in mind.

2 Every Continuous Function has an Antiderivative

WeBWorK problems can allow for open-ended essay responses that are intended to be assessed later by the instructor. For anonymous access, no text field is provided. But if this problem were used within WeBWorK as part of a homework set, users could submit an answer.

3 Inverse Processes