`int_a^bxdx = (b^2 - a^2)/2` Prove that

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Chapter 5, 5.2 - Problem 27 - Calculus: Early Transcendentals (7th Edition, James Stewart).
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You need to use the fundamental theorem of calculus, to prove the equality, such that:

`int_a^b f(x)dx = F(b) - F(a)`

You need to replace x for f(x), such that:

`int_a^b xdx = x^2/2|_a^b`

`int_a^b xdx = b^2/2 - a^2/2`

`int_a^b xdx = (b^2-a^2)/2`

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Hence, checking the given equality yields that `int_a^b xdx = (b^2-a^2)/2` holds.

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