Session 91: Improper Integrals

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Overview

Integration allows us to find the area under the curve. Improper integrals let us find this area (if it's well defined) even when that curve extends to infinity. Knowing whether the area under a graph up to a large, finite value of x is significantly different from the area under the entire graph can help us simplify calculations and avoid approximation errors.

Lecture Video and Notes

Video Excerpts

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» Clip 1: Introduction to Improper Integrals (00:04:00)

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From Lecture 36 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 2: Integral of e−kx (00:11:00)

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From Lecture 36 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 3: Integral of e−x2 (00:02:00)

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From Lecture 36 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

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» Clip 4: Integral of 1/x (00:03:00)

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From Lecture 36 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

Worked Example

 

Integrating 1/(5x + 2)2 from 1 to Infinity

Recitation Video

 

A Solid With Finite Volume and Infinite Cross Section

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Lecture Video and Notes

Video Excerpts

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» Clip 1: Integral of 1/(xp) (00:06:00)

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From Lecture 36 of 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2006

Recitation Video

 

Improper Integrals

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