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A Calculus Problem Revisited, or: On Beyond Varberg
 

Summary: A Calculus Problem Revisited,
or: On Beyond Varberg
Roger Alexander

Problem 37 From 5.4 of Varberg et al. Calculus, 9th ed
CAS Using the same axes, draw the graphs of y = xn on [0, 1] for
n = 1, 2, 4, 10 and 100. Find the length of each of these curves.
Guess at the length when n = 10, 000.
Graphs of the powers of x
Figure: y = xn
for n = 1, 2, 4, 10, 100.
As the exponent n
gets larger, the
graph of y = xn
shows distinct
"flat" and "steep"
parts.
The red dot shows
the transition.
Length of y = xn

  

Source: Alexander, Roger K. - Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University

 

Collections: Mathematics