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The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus

Recall that the fundamental theorem of calculus basically defines the integral:

$\displaystyle \int_a^b df = \int_a^b \ddx{f} dx = f(b) - f(a) $

To put it another way, if $ F = \ddx{f}$ :

$\displaystyle \int_a^b F dx = f(b) - f(a) $

This justifies referring to integration as ``antidifferentiation'' - differentiation run backwards. Integration consists of finding a function whose derivative is the function being integrated.

As before, what we can do with scalars, we can do with vectors - with bells on, two or three different ways.

Robert G. Brown 2017-07-11