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Discovering Fundamental Fact about Integration

Activity Overview

A spreadsheet is set up that lets students enter functions in the first column, and then calculates the integral in the second column with boundaries determined by the student. It also shows the symbolic integral with variable boundaries.

Before the Activity

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During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Be able to calculate an integral for numerous functions using a spreadsheet to enter data in the graphing calculator.

  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary