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The Calculus Lifesaver by Adrian Banner

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CHAPTER 20 _____________________________

Improper Integrals: Basic Concepts

This is a difficult topic, so I’m devoting two chapters to it. This chapter serves as an introduction to improper integrals. The next chapter gets into the details of how to solve problems involving improper integrals. If you are reading this chapter for the first time, you should probably take care to try to understand all the points in it. On the other hand, if you are reviewing for a test, most likely you’ll want to skim over the chapter, noting the boxed formulas and the sections marked as important, and concentrate on the next chapter. Here’s what we’ll actually look at in this chapter:

• the definition of improper integrals, convergence, and divergence;

• improper ...

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