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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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This recently came up in another thread.

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=17680

Let's see if geogebra could help out.

1)Enter f(x) = 5+2x-x^2.

2)Enter g(x)=2.

3) Use the intersection tool to find the intersection of g(x) and f(x).

Immediately A and B are created. That answers a) but we are going after the big fish in the lake, b)!

How can we use geogebra to estimate that area?

4) We use the polygon tool and start at A and click on the parabola 3 points, C, D and E finishing up with B to A. See the first drawing. Check the area of poly1, I get 9.81555.

Can we do better with a polygon that has more vertices?

5) We again use the polygon tool and make 20 points on f(x) as the vertices. See the second drawing.

Reading the area of poly1 I get 10.625.

How about 40 points? I tried but could only fit 38 points, see the third drawing. When I read off poly1 I get 10.6567. That must be a good approximation of the area we want. Turns out it is very close to the exact answer.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Another one came up. We need the area of the red shape in the first picture.

1) Input f(x) = x+1. A straight line will be drawn.

2) Input g(x)=6x-x^2-3. A parabola will be drawn.

3) Get the points of intersection of the two equations using the intersection tool. The points will be labelled A,B.

4) Go into options, labelling and check no new objects. Also hide the labels of A and B.

5) Use the polygon tool and carefully click on A and then place as many points as you on that curve until you finish at B and then click A to complete the polygon. I managed 19 points on the curve. See the second picture.

6) Read off the value of poly1, I got 4.48347. That is a good estimate of the area of the red area.

Now geogebra has an incredible command that does this for us.

7) Input integral[f,g,x(A),x(B)] and immediately our area is hsaded darker and in the algebra pane you will see a new value of 4.5. That is the exact answer. I am quite close. How did you do?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

Why don't you zoom in? That way you have "more" space to put more points. I think you can get a 100 even.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I left that for the readers to get.

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**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Ok then.

I am thinking about making another one of these.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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For this type of problem, Geogebra is more powerful than M.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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How so?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did you read post #2?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Do you mean the integral function?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yep, M has nothing like it.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Integrate[f(x),{x,a,b}] ?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That does not get the integral between two curves. Geogebra does that for us, M does not.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Why not just enter the difference of the two functions?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I did not say you can not get it, but the thinking has already been done for us

in Geogebra.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I agree. Geogebra has many cool and useful functions for something that is generally thought of as a graphing software.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Take what amberzak is doing in the other threads. Geogebra does those in under a minute!

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