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Integration and accumulation of change

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The definite integral of a function gives us the area under the curve of that function. Another common interpretation is that the integral of a rate function describes the accumulation of the quantity whose rate is given. We can approximate integrals using Riemann sums, and we define definite integrals using limits of Riemann sums. The fundamental theorem of calculus ties integrals and derivatives together and can be used to evaluate various definite integrals.