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Accumulation

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Functions Defined by Integrals

Lin McMullin

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My Favorite Equation!

The goals of the AP Calculus program include the statement, “Students should understand the definite integral … as the net accumulation of change….”[1] The Topical Outline includes the topic the “definite integral of the rate of change of a quantity over an interval interpreted as the [net] change of the quantity over the interval:

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Final Value = Starting Value + Accumulated Change

Final Position = Initial Position + Displacement

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AP Example from 1997 BC 89

If f is an antiderivative of such that f (1) = 0

Then f (4) =

AP Example from 2008 AB 7

- A particle moves along the x-axis with velocity given by
- for time . If the particle is at the position
- x = 2 at time t = 0, what is the position of the particle
- at time t = 1?

AP Example from 2008 AB 87

An object traveling in a straight line has position

x(t) at time t. If the initial position is x(0) = 2 and

the velocity of the object is , what is

the position of the object at t = 3?

AP Example from 2008 AB 81

- If G(x) is an antiderivative for f (x) and G(2) = -7,
- then G(4) =
- (A) f ´(4) (B) -7 + f ´(4) (C)
- (D) (E)

- A quick look at some free-response questions
- 2000 AB 4
- 2008 AB2 / BC2 (d)
- 2008 AB 3 (c)
- 2008 AB4 / BC 4 (a)

- A quick look at some free-response questions
- AB 1 (a, c, d)
- AB 2 (c)
- 2010 AB 3 (a,d)
- 2010 AB 5 (a)

- AB 1 (a, c, d)

2009 AB 6

M

The x-intercepts are x = - 2 and x= 3ln(5/3) = M

With the initial condition f (0) = 5

f (0) = 5

Find f (4)

M

f (0) = 5

Find f (-4)

M

f (0) = 5

Find f (-4)

M

Find the x-coordinate of the absolute maximum value and justify your answer.

M = 3ln(5/3)

M

and since f ´(x) ≥ 0 on [-4, M ] it follows that f (M) > f (-4).

M

and since on [M, 4] £ 0 it follows that f (M) > f (4)

M

Since M is the only critical number in the interval [-4, 4] and f (M) > f (-4) and f (M) > f (4), x = M is the location of the absolute maximum value by the Candidates’ Test.

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