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Properties of Indefinite Integral

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The explain the some properties of indefinite integrals. 
I)  The process of differentiation and integration are inverses of each other in the sense of the following results :
`d/(dx) int` f(x)dx = f(x)
and `int f '(x) dx = f(x) + C` , where C is any arbitrary constant.

Proof: Let F be any anti derivative of f, i.e.,
`d/(dx)` F(x) = f(x)
Then `int` f(x)dx = F(x) +C
Therefore `d/(dx) int` f(x) dx = `d/(dx)`(f(x)+C)
= `d/(dx)` F(x)=f(x)
Similarly, we note that
f'(x) = `d/(dx)` f(x)
and hence `int`f'(x) dx = f(x) +C
where C is arbitrary constant called constant of integration. 

II) Two indefinite integrals with the same derivative lead to the same family of curves and so they are equivalent. 

Proof: Let f and g be two functions such that
`d/(dx) int f(x)dx = d/(dx) int g(x)dx`

or `d/dx [int f(x) dx - int g(x) dx]` = 0 

Hence ∫f(x) dx - ∫g(x) dx = C, where C is any real number

or `int f(x)dx = int g(x)dx + C `

So the families of curves `{int f(x) dx + C_1, C_1 ∈ R}`
and `{int g(x) dx + C_2 , C_2 ∈ R}` are identical.
Hence, in this sense, `int f(x) dx ` and `int g(x) dx` are equivalent.

III) ∫[f(x) + g(x)]dx = ∫f(x)dx +  ∫ g(x) dx

Proof:  By Property (I), we have
`d/(dx)int[f(x) + g(x)dx] = f(x) +g(x)`     ...(1)
 On the otherhand, we find that
`d/(dx)[ int  f(x) dx + int g(x) dx] = d/(dx) int f(x) dx + d/(dx) int g(x) dx`
=f(x) + g(x)                                                  ...(2)

Thus, in view of Property (II), it follows by (1) and (2)  that 

`int (f(x) + g(x))dx = int f(x) dx + int  g(x) dx .` 

IV)  For any real number k, `int  k f(x) dx = k int f(x) dx`

Proof:  By the Property (I),
`d/(dx) int k f(x) dx = k f(x).`
Also `d/(dx) [k int f(x)dx] = k d/(dx) int f(x) dx` = k f(x)
 Therefore, using the Property (II), we have `int k f(x) dx = k int f(x) dx .` 

V) Properties (III) and (IV) can be generalised to a finite number of functions `f_1, f_2, ..., f_n` and the real numbers, `k_1, k_2, ..., k_n` giving

`int [k_1f_1(x) + k_2f_2(x) + ...+k_nf_n (x)] dx`   
= `k_1 int f_1(x) dx +k_2 int f_2 (x) dx + ... + k_n int f_n (x) dx`

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