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May 6th, 2017, 04:13 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Apr 2017 From: USA Posts: 11 Thanks: 0  Intuitive understanding of how slope is the inverse of area under the curve
Hello, I'm trying to gain an intuitive understanding regarding how the area under a function is the opposite/inverse of the slope of that function. I am familiar with the ideas that differentiating a function determines the slope and integrating a function determines the area under the function and also the processes most commonly used (ie letting the change in x become infinitely small) to explain the math. However, I'm hoping to obtain a clearer conceptualization of how those two processes are related or why slope really has anything to do with area. I'd appreciate it if someone could explain that concept or point me to a good explanation. Thanks 
May 6th, 2017, 04:48 PM  #2 
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May 11th, 2017, 04:45 PM  #4  
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May 11th, 2017, 04:49 PM  #5  
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It is just a start though, it doesn't set the standard or qualify as truly understanding the topic. Doing that requires reading and doing the math. Last edited by Joppy; May 11th, 2017 at 04:55 PM.  

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