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## Integral Calculus

### Course: Integral Calculus>Unit 1

Lesson 9: Fundamental theorem of calculus and definite integrals

# The fundamental theorem of calculus and definite integrals

There are really two versions of the fundamental theorem of calculus, and we go through the connection here. Created by Sal Khan.

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• I don't know if I'm just missing it in the videos, but the videos haven't answered this and my textbook doesn't answer this. What exactly does F(x) mean, versus f(x)? It's been confusing me the whole time Sal has been using it in his videos, and I've been waiting for him to address it specifically. It's keeping me from understanding what in the world is going on with these 2 theorems. Thanks! •   Actually that is a very good question.
F(x) is defined as the antiderivative of f(x).
To be a little more rigorous, F(x) is formally defined as:
F(x) = ∫ f(t) dt (lower bound a, upper bound x)
And F(x) is specified as being defined for all x over the closed interval [a,b].
Because of this definition:
F'(x) = f(x) for all x in the open interval (a,b)

(There are some more parts to this, but hopefully that should help you understand a little better.)
• This stuff is all about `a` and `b`. Why does it need `c` and `d` from the start? Are they some kind of the limit of `f(x)`? • I'm confused about the use of the word "anti-derivative", isn't it the same as saying "integral"? • An antiderivative is an indefinite integral.

There are other kinds of integrals. The main one you'll be dealing with is the definite integral. In more advanced mathematics there are some subtleties of definitions of various kinds of integrals. I will leave that to a professional mathematician because I am not fully-versed in the nuances.
• I am a bit confused with the two parameters x and t. Can someone clarify their relationship for me? • lower case f(t) is a derivative....so it is a rate.....some unit per second or y per second or y per minute or whatever your t values are would then be a rate...so it is f(t) , the derivative...then integrate to get the antiderivative.......which then means that F(t) is the anti derivative, or as I like to think of it as the original function that you are being given the derivative of. Y and x coordinates would give you the function and then you would get the derivative but we are integrating which is the reverse order....hope that helps and did not confuse you more.
• If F(x) = integral of f(t) with boundaries a to x,
then F(b) = integral of f(t) with boundaries a to b, right?
So, by the 2nd theorem, F(b) = F(b) - F(a) ? and F(a) = 0 ?! • Why was
``Capital F (x) = ∫ f( t )dt``
`` Capital F (x) = ∫ f( x ) dx ``
? • I really don't understand why the second fund thr can still be used if the upper limit is not x by finding the upperbound derivative. Can someone please explain?

-Test tomorrow! • Consider this: instead of thinking of the second fundamental theorem in terms of x, let's think in terms of u. A function for the definite integral of a function f could be written as
``       ⌠uF(u) = | f(t) dt       ⌡a``

By the second fundamental theorem, we know that taking the derivative of this function with respect to u gives us `f(u)`.

Now, what if `u = g(x)` where g(x) is any function of x? This means that
``⌠u          ⌠g(x)| f(t) dt = | f(t) dt = F(g(x))⌡a          ⌡a``

Then if take the derivative with respect to x of F(g(x)), which is the derivative of an integral with an upper bound other than x, we can just use the chain rule, which gives us `d/dx F(g(x)) = f(g(x)) * g'(x)` (given that F'(x) = f(x) ).

So we end up with `the derivative of the upper bound` multiplied by `the inner function (integrand) evaluated at the upper bound`.

(Credit to MIT on edX for the explanation.)
• At , it is stated that if f(t) is continuous at a given interval, then it differentiable at every point in it's domain.......
But in the differential calculus course, we learned that a continuous function is not necessarily differentiable...eg:- f(x) = |x| is not differentiable at x=0, even though it is continuous..... • what does the sign that looks like an elongated S signify? • For anyone who is confused, try thinking of it this way.

F(x) is the area under the curve of f(t) from some value c to any input value of your choice, x.
So, you start with the area under the curve of the function f(t) from c to b which equals F(b). That area is going to be larger than the area from c to a which equals F(a).
The first part of the fundamental theorem of calculus tells us that the derivative of F(x) (which is just the rate of change of the area under f[t] ) is equal to the function f(x) (which is exactly the same function as f(t) just with a different variable). In other words, if you take the anti-derivative of f(x), you get F(x), which shows us that if you have f(x), you can find F(x).
Ok so now the fun part.
Let me ask a question, what happens when you subtract a smaller number from a larger number? You get the distance between the numbers!
So the same applies here, when you subtract the smaller quantity F(a)=[area under curve from c to a] from the larger quantity F(b)[area under curve from c to b], you get the quantity of the area between a AND b.
Simple question, how do we denote the area under the curve of f(t) from a to b? Why, its just the definite integral of f(t) from a to b!
And since we know the relationship between f(t), f(x), and F(x), we can easily evaluate the definite integral of f(t) from a to b! 