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### Course: Integral Calculus > Unit 1

Lesson 5: Defining integrals with Riemann sums- Definite integral as the limit of a Riemann sum
- Definite integral as the limit of a Riemann sum
- Worked example: Rewriting definite integral as limit of Riemann sum
- Worked example: Rewriting limit of Riemann sum as definite integral
- Definite integral as the limit of a Riemann sum

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# Worked example: Rewriting definite integral as limit of Riemann sum

Given a definite integral expression, we can write the corresponding limit of a Riemann sum with infinite rectangles.

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- wait at3:44if we're finding the area under the curve don't we have to make sure the height or cos(x) is positive? Why is there no absolute value around cos(pi+pi/n i) in the sigma?(11 votes)
- It's not necessary. It's only necessary when you want the total are. Since integration is used a lot in physics for displacement and the sort, areas under the x-axis are usually considered negative unless told otherwise.(6 votes)

- What happens when you have an "n"?(3 votes)
- "n" is the number of rectangles in the Reimann sum. It's how finely divided the area under the curve is. As n approaches infinity, the Reimann sum approaches a definite integral.(4 votes)

- How do you do this for left sums?(2 votes)
- for left riemann sums basically we just change the functions used for summation to define the height, instead of ∑ from i=1 to N we write ∑ from i=0 to n-1.

But as we use infinite number of rectangles, there will be no significant difference from the result.

CMIIW(5 votes)

- how can I intregate y=2x ?(0 votes)
- After using the reverse power rule, you get x^2.(7 votes)

- we the approximation of the area of the integral gets better and better and better as it approaches infinity does not the error also get better and better and better as it approaches infinity ?(2 votes)
- Pretty much. As an approximation gets closer to the true value, the error in the approximation gets closer to 0.(3 votes)

- I am sorry, I am confused. Sal wrote the summation notation for the right Riemann sum. What would be the summation notation for the left Riemann sum? because I think that in the exercise previous to this video, they write the left Riemann sum in summation notation as Sal did for the right Riemann sum, and when I tried to do the right Riemann sum as Sal did for this video they use a linear equation to find the x sub i.(2 votes)
- Replace i with i-1. This will have the effect of shifting each line 1 to back, making it equivalent to a left Riemann sum.
`n`

lim ( Σ (cos(π + (π/n)(i-1)) * π/n) )

n→∞ i=1(1 vote)

- 5:33How do we calculate those limits specifically (Without turning into integral and then using an integration technique)?(1 vote)
- It would be quite hard to find the exact integral unless you find the antiderivative of the function (which is sin(x)), which I assumes falls under "integration techniques."

Hope this helped! :)(2 votes)

- hi, how would we use series summation to directly solve this Riemann sum/integral? I'd like to know how to solve an integral this way, instead of taking the antiderivative (similar to how we can calculate the derivative of any function using the basic slope formula). Thanks.(1 vote)
- Can the notation be rewritten as cos(pi+(i*pi/n))?(1 vote)
- why in the limit of integral sum we do "as n approaches infinity" and not "as delta x = width of a rectangle approaches infinity"?(1 vote)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Let's get some practice rewriting definite integrals as the limit of a Riemann sum. So let's say I wanted to
take the definite integral from pi to two pi of cosine of x dx. And I what I wanna do is I wanna write it as the limit as n approaches
infinity of a Riemann sum. So it's gonna take the form of the limit as n approaches infinity, and we can have our Sigma notation right over here, and I would say from, let's say i is equal to one all the way to n. Let me scroll down a little bit so it doesn't get all
squashed up at the top. Of, and so let's me draw
what's actually going on so that we can get a better sense of what to write here
within the Sigma notation. So let me do it large. So if this is pi right over here, this would be three pi over two and this would be two pi
right over here, two pi. Now what does the graph of cosine of x do? Well, at pi cosine of pi is negative one. So that's negative one there. And cosine of two pi is one. And so the graph is gonna
do something like this, and this is obviously just
a hand-drawn version of it, but you have seen cosine functions before, this is just part of it. And so this definite integral represents the area from pi to two pi between the curve and the x axis. And you might already know
that this area is going to be, or this part of the definite
integral'd be negative and this would be positive,
and it will cancel out and this would all actually
end up being zero in this case. But this exercise for this
video is to rewrite this as a limit as n approaches
infinity of a Riemann sum. So there's a Riemann sum, what we wanna do is think about breaking this up into a bunch of rectangles. So let's say, or I
should say n rectangles. So that's our first one right over there, then this might be our second one, and let's do right Riemann sum where the right boundary of our rectangle, what the value of the
function is at that point, that's what defines the height. So that's our second one
all the way until this one right over here is going
to be our n-th one. So this is one, let me write it this way. This is i is equal to one, this is i is equal to two, all the way until we get to i is equal to n. And then if we take the limit
as n approaches infinity, the sum of the areas of these rectangles are gonna get better
and better and better. And so let's first think
about it, what is the width of each of these rectangles going to be? Well, I am taking this
interval from pi to two pi and I'm gonna divide it
into n equal intervals. So the width of each of these, the width of each of these is going to be two pi minus pi, so I'm just taking the difference between
my bounds of integration, and I am dividing by n,
which is equal to pi over n. So that's the width of each of these. That's pi over n, this is
pi over n, this is pi of n. And what's the height of
each of these rectangles? Remember this is a right Riemann sum. So it's going to be the
right end of our rectangle is going to define the height. So this right over here,
what would this height be? Well, this height, this
value I should say, this is going to be equal to f of what? Well, this was pi and
this is going to be pi plus the length of our
interval right over here, the base of the rectangle. So we started at pi, so
it's gonna be pi plus, this was going to be pi over
n, I could say times one. That's this height right over here. What's this one going
to be right over here? Well, this one is going to be f of pi, our first start, plus
pi over n times what? We're gonna have pi over n two times. Pi over n times two. So the general form of the right boundary is going to be, so for
example, this height right over here, this is going to be f of, we started at pi plus, we're doing the right Riemann sum, so we're gonna add pi over
n n times by this point. Pi over n times n. Or, if we wanted to say it generally, if we're talking about the i-th rectangle, remember we sum them all
up, what's the height? Well, the height is
going to be, in this case it's going to be cosine of pi plus, if we're with the i-th rectangle, we are going to add pi over n i times. Pi over n times i. And then, that's the height
of each of our rectangles. And then what's the width? Well, we already figured that out. Times pi over n. And if you wanna be careful and make sure that this Sigma notation
applies to the whole thing, there you have it. We have just re-expressed
this definite integral as the limit of a right Riemann sum.