4.4 The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus



The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus relates derivatives and definite integrals. It also gives a practical way to evaluate many definite integrals without resorting to the limit definition. Hence, it is truly fundamental in the study of calculus. This section is devoted to a statement and proof of the Fundamantal Theorem, and some examples of its use.

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