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Solution 17170: Finding the Area Between Curves on TI-83 Family, TI-84 Plus Family Graphing Calculators, and the TI-Nspire™ Handheld in TI-84 Plus Mode.

How do I find the area between curves on TI-83 family, TI-84 Plus family, and TI-Nspire handheld in TI-84 Plus mode?

To find the area between curves please see the below example:

Example: Find the area of the region bounded by:

f(x)=300x/(x2 + 625)

1) Press [WINDOW] and set the values as below:

2) Press [Y=] and make sure that no stat plots are highlighted.

3) Enter 300x/(x^2+625) in y1.

4) Enter 3cos(.1x) in y2.

5) Press [2nd][CALC][5] to select 5:intersect.

6) Press [ENTER] for the first curve and [ENTER] for the second curve. To guess, move the cursor on the intersection of the graph on the left (The value of z at the intersection which is the lower limit of the integral is stored in Ans and X).

7) Press [2nd][Quit] and press [2nd][DRAW][7] and use Shade( to see the area graphically. This will return to the home screen.

8) Press [VARS] and use the right arrow key to select Y-VARS.

9) Select STRONG>1:Function, press [ENTER] and select 2:Y2.

10) Press [,] [VARS] select Y-VARS and select 1: Function then select 1:Y1.

11) Press [,][2nd][ANS][,][7][5][)] [ENTER] (The screen should show Shade(Y2,Y1, Ans, 75) The graph will look like the following:

12) Press [2nd][Quit] to return to the home screen. Enter the expression to evaluate the integral for the shaded region using the VAR menu and Ans as above.

13) Press [MATH][9] for fnInt( and enter Y1-Y2,x,Ans,75). If using TI-84 Plus in MATHPRINT mode, Ans is the lower bound, 75 is the upper bound, Y1-Y2 is the expression, and it needs to be in respects to X.

The area is 325.84.

Please see the TI-83 family and TI-84 Plus family guidebooks for additional information.

Please Note: TI-Nspire in TI-84 Plus mode users may refer to the TI-84 Plus family guidebooks.