Area L

Draw the graph of a continuous increasing function in the first quadrant and horizontal and vertical lines through two points. The areas in your sketch lead to a useful formula for finding integrals.

Integral Equation

Solve this integral equation.

Integral Sandwich

Generalise this inequality involving integrals.

Integral Inequality

Stage: 5 Challenge Level:
(i)Suppose that $a$, $b$ and $t$ are positive. Which of the following two expressions is the larger $$P=\left(\int_0^t x^{a+b}dx\right)^2, \qquad Q=\left(\int_0^t x^{2a}dx \right) \left(\int_0^t x^{2b}dx\right)\ ?$$ (ii)By considering the inequality $$\int_0^t [f(x)+\lambda g(x)]^2 dx \geq 0,$$ prove that, for all functions $f(x)$ and $g(x)$, $$\left(\int_0^t f(x)g(x)dx\right)^2 \leq \left(\int_0^t f(x)^2 dx\right) \left(\int_0^t g(x)^2 dx\right).$$