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Chop and Add

Keywords: Multivariable Calculus, Integral, Integration Region

Highlights of the activity

  1. This small group activity is designed to help students interpret single integrals as chopping and adding.
  2. Students work in small groups to compute the area of a region by chopping and adding in different ways.
  3. The whole class wrap-up discussion emphasizes the physical equivalence of different ways of chopping.

Reasons to spend class time on the activity

Encourages students to think of integration as chopping, multiplying, and adding.


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Authors: Tevian Dray
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