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The idea of integration is that integration 'undoes' the derivative, i.e. integration is the 'inverse' of differentiation. Now, I used quotes around the word 'inverse' because in actuality differentiation and integration are mostly inverses but not completely. Let's look at some notation first, before we get into the details. 

As you know, if you have a function, \(g(x)\), the derivative of \(g(x)\) is written
\(\displaystyle{
\frac{d}{dx}[g(x)] = G(x)
}\)
In this equation, we are using \(G(x)\) to represent the new function we get after taking the derivative. When integrating, the notation looks like this
\(\int{F(x)~dx} = f(x) + C \)
In this equation, \(F(x)\) is the function we are integrating and \(f(x)+C\) is the result. The curved vertical line \(\int{}\) and the \(dx\) are both necessary in this notation. They act like brackets to indicate what is being integrated, which we call the integrand.
Okay, so what are integrals and how do we go about calculating them? Here is a great introduction video to integrals, what they represent and the notation. This is one of the best introductory videos you will find anywhere on any topic. So your time will be well spent watching this.
Krista King Math  Integrals  Calculus [ best video ]  
You will notice in the equation \(f(x)+C\), we have \(+C\) at the end. We need this because the derivative of a constant is zero. When we go in reverse, it is not possible to recover constants without more information. So, we use the \(+C\) as a placeholder for an unknown constant. Here is a video that explains this very well. If you are already confident with integrals, you can easily skip this video without losing anything. But, if you need a bit more explanation with some examples, this video may help.
Khan Academy  The Indefinite Integral or Antiderivative  
Some Basic Formulas 

Here are a few basic formulas that you will need for upcoming pages. You already know the derivatives of these, so the antiderivatives should contain no surprises.
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ e^x~dx } = e^x + C }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \frac{1}{x} dx } = \ln(x) + C }\)  
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \sin(x) ~dx} = \cos(x) + C }\) 
\(\displaystyle{ \int{ \cos(x) ~dx } = \sin(x) + C }\) 
Notes
1. For the natural logarithm, be careful that you understand that \( \int{ \ln(x)~ dx } \neq 1/x + C \). This is a common mistake when students are first learning integration.
2. Watch the negative on the integral for sine.
3. There are comparable antiderivatives for the other trig functions as well. You can find those details on the trig integration page.
Okay, time for some practice problems. 
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Practice Problems 

Instructions   Unless otherwise instructed, evaluate the following integrals, giving your answers in exact form.
Level A  Basic 
Practice A01  

\(\displaystyle{\int{3x^2+2x+1~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A02  

\(\displaystyle{\int{3x^4+5x6~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A03  

\(\displaystyle{\int{12x^2+3x^3~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A04  

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{1}{x^2}dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A05  

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{3}{x^3}+2x^{3/2}1~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A06  

\(\displaystyle{\int{x^{5/2}\frac{5}{x^4}\sqrt{x}~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A07  

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{3}{2}x^{1/2}+7~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A08  

\(\displaystyle{\int{1+2x4x^3~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A09  

\(\displaystyle{\int{(x+1)(x^2+3)~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A10  

\(\displaystyle{\int{5e^x+7\sin(x)~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice A11  

\(\displaystyle{\int{2e^x1+\sin(x)\csc(x)~dx}}\)  
solution 
Level B  Intermediate 
Practice B01  

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{2}{x^{3/4}}\frac{3}{x^{2/3}}~dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice B02  

\(\displaystyle{\int{2x\sqrt{x}\frac{1}{\sqrt{x}}dx}}\)  
solution 
Practice B03  

\(\displaystyle{\int{\frac{3x2}{\sqrt{x}}dx}}\)  
solution 