# Definite integral

The result obtained by partition of an interval is always a explicit, fixed number and is called a **definite integral**.

For a definite integral, use the notation:

$\int_a^b f(x)\,\mathrm{d}x$

*(read: the integral of f(x) with respect to x from a to b)*

- $a$ and $b$ are
**limits of integration** - $[a; b]$ is the
**interval of integration** - $f(x)$ is the
**integrand** - $x$ is the
**variable of integration** - $dx$ is the
**differential**

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### Hint

The definite integral is a fixed number that depends solely on the function and the limits of integration.

In contrast to indefinite integrals, it can be calculated using partition of an interval or, more simply, with the fundamental theorem of calculus.

In contrast to indefinite integrals, it can be calculated using partition of an interval or, more simply, with the fundamental theorem of calculus.

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### Note

For the definite integral, the partitions above the x-axis are positive and those below negative.

More about this under area calculation with integrals.

More about this under area calculation with integrals.