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How to | Do an Integral
Mathematica contains a very powerful system of integration. It can do almost any integral that can be done in terms of standard mathematical functions.
To compute the indefinite integral , use Integrate. The first argument is the function and the second argument is the variable:
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For the definite integral , the second argument is a list of the form :
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To do the multiple integral , use a mix of a variable and a range:
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Alternatively, you can use Integrate twice:
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Calculating the area of a circle is a classic calculus problem. An intuitive way to approach this is the integral , which involves substitution:
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Integrate gives exact answers to many improper integrals; for example, :
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Suppose that there is no closed form for a definite integral; for example, :
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In that case, you can get an approximation with NIntegrate:
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If you want a numerical result from the start, it is faster to use NIntegrate than to use Integrate and follow it with N.
This compares the time taken for the two methods:
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Repeating the calculations is fast because of caching:
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NIntegrate can also compute multiple integrals:
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