Calculus

Find the area of the indicated region. We suggest you graph the curves to check whether one is above the other or whether they cross, and that you use technology to check your answer.
Enclosed by y = x^2 − 4x + 1 and y = −x^2 + 4x − 5

asked by tiffany
  1. Here is a sketch
    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=plot+y+%3D+x%5E2+−+4x+%2B+1+and+y+%3D+−x%5E2+%2B+4x+−+5

    Easy to find their intersection points:
    (1, -2) and (3, -2)

    effective height between x = 1 and x = 3
    = (-x^2 + 4x - 5) - (x^2 - 4x + 1)
    = -2x^2 +8x -6

    area = ∫(-2x^2 + 8x - 6) dx from x = 1 to 3
    = [(-2/3)x^3 + 4x^2 - 6x] from 1 to 3
    = ( -18 + 36 - 18) - (-2/3 + 4 - 6)
    = 8/3

    check my arithmetic

    posted by Reiny

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