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Find the area of the enclosed by the curve $y=-x^2$ and the straight line $x+y+2=0.$

$\begin{array}{1 1} \frac{9}{2}\;sq.units. \\ 18\;sq.units. \\ \frac{7}{2}\;sq.units. \\ \frac{17}{2}\;sq.units \end{array} $

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  • The area enclosed by the curve $y=f(x)$,the $x$-axis and the ordinates $x=a$ and $x=b$ is given by $\int_a^b ydx.$
  • $\int x^n dx=\large\frac{x^{n+1}}{n+1}$$+c$.
Step 1:
Given $y=-x^2$ and the line $x+y+2=0$ (i.e) $y=-(x+2)$
Consider the curve $y=-x^2$.Clearly this curve is a parabola open downwards,with vertex (0,0).
To obtain the points of intersection,let us solve the equation,by equating them.
$\Rightarrow x^2-x-2=0$
On factorising we get,
(i.e) $x=2$ or $-1$ and $y=-4$ or $-1$
Hence the points of intersection are $(2,-4)$ and $(-1,-1)$.
Step 2:
The required area is the shaded region shown in the fig below.
The area of the shaded portion $A=\int_{-1}^2(y_2-y_1)dx.$
Where $y_2=-x^2$ and $y_1=-(x+2)$
On integrating we get,
Step 3:
On applying limits we get,
$\;\;=-\begin{bmatrix}\large\frac{8}{3}+\frac{1}{3}\end{bmatrix}+\begin{bmatrix}\large\frac{4}{2}-\frac{1}{2}+\normalsize 4+2\end{bmatrix}$
Hence the required area is $\large\frac{9}{2}$sq.units.
answered May 8, 2013 by sreemathi.v

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