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Area Under A Curve

In these lessons and solutions, we will learn how to use integrals (or integration) to find the areas under the curves defined by the graphs of functions. We also learn how to use integrals to find areas between the graphs of two functions.

We have also included calculators and tools that can help you calculate the area under a curve and area between two curves.

Related Topics: More Calculus Topics

Formula for Area bounded by curves (using definite integrals)

The Area A of the region bounded by the curves y = f(x), y = g(x) and the lines x = a, x = b, where f and g are continuous f(x) ≥ g(x) for all x in [a, b] is

formula for area bounded by curves


Find the area of the region bounded above by y = x2 + 1, bounded below by y = x, and bounded on the sides by x = 0 and x = 1.


The upper boundary curve is y = x2 + 1 and the lower boundary curve is y = x.

Using the formula for area bounded by curves,

How to find the Area between Curves?


Find the area between the two curves y = x2 and y = 2xx2.


Step 1: Find the points of intersection of the two parabolas by solving the equations simultaneously.

x2 = 2xx2
2x2 – 2x = 0
2x(x – 1) = 0
x = 0 or 1

The points of intersection are (0, 0) and (1, 1)

Step 2: Find the area between x = 0 and x = 1

Videos - Definite Integral

The Area Under a Curve: approximate the definite integral
Example: Approximate the area under the curve f(x) = x2 (i.e. the area between y = x2 and y = 0) from x = 1 to 3. Use n = 4 rectangles.

How to find the area under a curve using integration, step by step, example.
Example: Find the area bounded by the curves y = x2 - 6x + 9 and y = x + 3.
Integration is used to determine the area under a curve.
A parabola is drawn such that it intersects the x-axis. The x-intercepts are determined so that the area can be calculated.
Example: Calculate the area enclosed by the curve y = 2x - x2 and the x-axis.

Introduction - Area under a curve - definite integral
Definite Integrals and Area Under a Curve
Use the following Definite Integral Calculator to find the Area under a curve.
Enter the function, lower bound and upper bound.

Finding Areas Between Curves
Example: Find the area bounded by the curves y = x2 - 4x and y = 2x.
Area Between Curves - Integrating with Respect to y.
Example: Find the area bounded by the curves x = y3 - y and x = 1 - y4.
Use the following Area between Curves Calculator to show you the steps and to check your answers.

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