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The parabola y = (x − 3)2 + 4 is graphed below. Use four trapezoids of equal width to approximate the area under the parabola for 1 ≤ x ≤ 5. Is this area an over or an under estimate of the true area under the parabola? Explore this using the Estimating Area Under a Curve eTool (Desmos). Homework Help ✎

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The height of each trapezoid is 1. The bases are determined by the function.