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Ch 63: MTEL Math: Area Under the Curve & Integrals

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In this chapter, you will review Riemann sums, the trapezoid rule and the average value theorem. Chapter lessons also teach you how to find indefinite integrals and arc lengths of functions in preparation for the MTEL Mathematics exam.

MTEL Math: Area Under the Curve & Integrals - Chapter Summary

The lessons of this chapter will provide you with a review of the different processes involved in finding the area under a curve and integrals. In them, our professional instructors will guide you through these procedures and demonstrate how to solve example problems so that on test day you will be able to accurately answer questions regarding:

  • How to identify, draw and use Riemann sums
  • Finding the limits of Riemann sums
  • The trapezoid rule
  • Integrals and calculating integrals
  • Identifying the properties of definite integrals
  • The average value theorem
  • Anti derivatives and indefinite integrals
  • Calculating arc lengths of functions

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MTEL Math: Area Under the Curve & Integrals Objectives

Individuals take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Mathematics exam to demonstrate that they possess the mathematical skills and knowledge needed to teach math students. During this test, you will be tasked with answering 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items in four hours. Sixteen percent of the test will be composed of multiple-choice questions about trigonometry, calculus and discrete mathematics. This fifth subarea of the same name will include a few questions on integral calculus.

10 Lessons in Chapter 63: MTEL Math: Area Under the Curve & Integrals
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How to Use Riemann Sums for Functions and Graphs

1. How to Use Riemann Sums for Functions and Graphs

Find out how Riemann sums can be used to calculate multiple areas efficiently. In this lesson, you'll learn how this can come in handy for irregular areas and how you can put it to use.

How to Identify and Draw Left, Right and Middle Riemann Sums

2. How to Identify and Draw Left, Right and Middle Riemann Sums

To overestimate or underestimate? In this lesson, you will draw Riemann rectangles so the right side, left side or middle of the rectangle hits the curve.

What is the Trapezoid Rule?

3. What is the Trapezoid Rule?

In this lesson, you'll move beyond simple rectangles to estimate the area under a curve. Get more sophisticated with your approximations and use trapezoids instead of those pesky rectangles.

How to Find the Limits of Riemann Sums

4. How to Find the Limits of Riemann Sums

What would happen if you could draw an infinite number of infinitesimally thin rectangles? You'd get the exact area under a curve! Define the Holy Grail of calculus, the integral, in this lesson.

Definite Integrals: Definition

5. Definite Integrals: Definition

Explore how driving backwards takes you where you've already been as we define definite integrals. This lesson will also teach you the relationship between definite integrals and Riemann sums. Then, discover how an integral changes when it is above and below the x-axis.

How to Use Riemann Sums to Calculate Integrals

6. How to Use Riemann Sums to Calculate Integrals

As a new property owner, you might relish mowing your lawn. Up and down your property you mow and measure out small sections to find the area of your property. In this lesson, you will discover what a Riemann sum approach is and how to calculate an estimated area using multiple slices.

Linear Properties of Definite Integrals

7. Linear Properties of Definite Integrals

If you're having integration problems, this lesson will relate integrals to everyday driving examples. We'll review a few linear properties of definite integrals while practicing with some problems.

Average Value Theorem

8. Average Value Theorem

If you know you've gone 120 miles in 2 hours, you're averaging 60 mph. But what if you know your velocity at every point in time and not how far you've gone? In this lesson, learn how to calculate average values using integrals.

Indefinite Integrals as Anti Derivatives

9. Indefinite Integrals as Anti Derivatives

What does an anti-derivative have to do with a derivative? Is a definite integral a self-confident version of an indefinite integral? Learn how to define these in this lesson.

How to Find the Arc Length of a Function

10. How to Find the Arc Length of a Function

You don't always walk in a straight line. Sometimes, you want to know the distance between two points when the path is curved. In this lesson, you'll learn about finding the length of a curve.

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