By Mark Zegarelli

An easy-to-understand primer on complicated calculus topicsCalculus II is a prerequisite for plenty of renowned university majors, together with pre-med, engineering, and physics. Calculus II For Dummies bargains specialist guide, suggestion, and how you can support moment semester calculus scholars get a deal with at the topic and ace their tests. It covers intermediate calculus issues in simple English, that includes in-depth assurance of integration, together with substitution, integration suggestions and while to exploit them, approximate integration, and fallacious integrals. This hands-on consultant additionally covers sequences and sequence, with introductions to multivariable calculus, differential equations, and numerical research. better of all, it comprises functional routines designed to simplify and increase figuring out of this advanced topic.

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X! Polishing off polynomials A polynomial is any function of the following form: f(x) = anxn + an–1xn–1 + an–2xn–2 + ... + a1x + a0 Note that every term in a polynomial is x raised to the power of a nonnegative integer, multiplied by a real-number coefficient. Here are a few examples of polynomials: f(x) = x3 – 4x2 + 2x – 5 f(x) = x12 – 3 x7 + 100x – π 4 f(x) = (x2 + 8)(x – 6)3 Note that in the last example, multiplying the right side of the equation will change the polynomial to a more recognizable form.

Mathematicians have developed a wide variety of techniques for evaluating integrals. Some of these methods are variable substitution (see Chapter 5), integration by parts (see Chapter 6), trig substitution (see Chapter 7), and integration by partial fractions (see Chapter 8). Solving Problems with Integration After you understand how to describe an area problem by using the definite integral (Part I), and how to calculate integrals (Part II), you’re ready to get into action solving a wide range of problems.

W _ h + h + f + h i 1 2 n a As you can see, the = has been changed to ≈ — that is, the equation has been demoted to an approximation. This change is appropriate — the definite integral is the precise area inside the specified bounds, which the area of the rectangles merely approximates. Limiting the margin of error As n increases — that is, the more rectangles you draw — your approximation gets better and better. In other words, as n approaches infinity, the area 23 24 Part I: Introduction to Integration of the rectangles that you’re measuring approaches the area that you’re trying to find.

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