In part 1 of this lab, we learned how to use the Maple `int`
command to compute areas. The same command works to compute any
definite integral, whether it corresponds to an area or not. For
example, to compute the definite integral

you could use the following Maple command.

> int((2*x-3)^5,x=-2..4);

Sometimes you need to compute a definite integral involving a
piecewise-defined function. For example, suppose you have a function
*f*(*x*) defined as follows

and you needed to compute the definite integral

The best way to do this in Maple is to split it up into two integrals and use the appropriate formula, as shown below. How you split the integral up is determined by where the formula defining the function changes.

Fri Jan 24 15:07:34 EST 1997