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I've three functions: f(x), g(x) and h(x). How do I find the area they enclose?

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Hello:

I guess that a question phrased like that would get many down votes at the SE.

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But this is not SE!

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Sketch them (good practice for any integration anyway). Then find where they intersect. Then adopt a strategy for getting the area you want.

Bob

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So, there is no magical formula?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Is the simplest idea for between two functions provided f(x) is the function on top.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Agnishom,

These three functions may show you the difficulty coming up with a single formula.

1 is sin(x)

2 is 2sin(x)

3 is (x-1.5)^2

The enclosed area would be

difference between 2 and 3 in the region a to b

difference between 2 and 1 in the region b to c

difference between 2 and 3 in the region c to d.

Until you know those crossing points you cannot decide the values of a, b, c and d.

And a small change in one function would change everything.

Bob

*Last edited by bob bundy (2014-06-29 19:19:07)*

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Okay. So what should have been my question?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Post a problem.

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I do not have any

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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What inspired the original question?

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The rhombus area problem

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am sorry, I do not remember it.

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**αβγ****Member**- Registered: 2014-09-02
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You can't really use a magical formula to obtain the answer easy peasy because you have 3 functions, each with their own graph. Since I don't know how the graphs are oriented and how they intersect, the only actual answer without anymore information would be the sum of the negative or positive of each integral of each function, i.e.:

That's the most precise answer (in reduced form) that can be obtained without further information.

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