# Difference between revisions of "Math 22 The Area of a Region Bounded by Two Graphs"

## Area of a Region Bounded by Two Graphs

 If $f$ and $g$ are continuous on $[a,b]$ and $g(x)\leq f(x)$ for all $x$ in $[a,b]$ ,
then the area of the region bounded by the graphs of $f,g,x=a,x=b$ given by

$A=\int _{a}^{b}[f(x)-g(x)]dx$ Exercises

1) Find the area of the region bounded by the graph of $f(x)=x^{2}$ and the graph of $g(x)=x^{3}$ .

Solution:
Find the bound of the region by setting $f(x)=g(x)$ , so $x^{2}=x^{3}$ , hence $x^{3}-x^{2}=0$ , then $x^{2}(x-1)=0$ , therefore $x=0$ and $x=1$ Check which function is the top function by choosing one number in between the bound and plug in:
Pick $x={\frac {1}{2}}$ , so $f({\frac {1}{2}})={\frac {1}{4}}$ , and $g({\frac {1}{2}})={\frac {1}{8}}$ . Therefore, $f(x)$ will be the top function.
$\displaystyle \text{Area}=\int_0^1 [f(x)-g(x)]dx=\int_0^1 [x^2-x^3]dx=[\frac{1}{3} x^3-\frac{1}{4} x^4]\Biggr_0^1=\frac{1}{3} (1)^3-\frac{1}{4} (1)^4=\frac{1}{12}$