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6-120.

Suppose that $C\left(t\right)$ represents the cost per day to heat a given house measured in dollars, where $t$ is measured in days and $t = 0$ corresponds to January 1, 2016. Interpret the expressions below:
$\int _ { 0 } ^ { 31 } C ( t ) d t$ and $\frac { 1 } { 31 } \int _ { 0 } ^ { 31 } C ( t ) d t$.

The second expression divides the first integral by $31$. What does $31$ represent? Why divide?
What practical information will it calculate about the cost of heat?

The first integral represents the area under the $C\left(t\right)$ curve between $t = 0$ and $t = 31$.
Since $C(t)$ represents cost per day, its a rate function.
The area under this rate function represents the accumulated cost during the $31$ days of January.