In order to calculate the average value of a function, sometimes it makes sense to integrate while other times the slope of a secant line is determined. When do you need to use each strategy?
When trying to find the average value of
Average (Mean) Values
To calculate the mean (average) value of a finite set of items, add up the values of items and divide by the number of items.
Integrals help us add over a continuous interval. Therefore, for any continuous function