




For a rectangle: By the ordinary fundamental theorem of calculus, we have
For a right triangle: for convenience we
choose a triangle bounded by line x = 0, y = 0 and .
We similarly get:
Rearrangement of the right hand side gives the theorem for rectangles and right
triangles.
It means that for R a rectangle or right triangle in the xy plane, (for which
dS = dSk) we have
Both sides of this equation are finitely additive: that is, if we take two
disjoint regions, and evaluate either one over both, you get the sum of their
values on the two regions separately. This is true even if the regions share
a common boundary, because the line integrals will cancel out over the common
boundary which ceases to be a boundary.
The result follows from additivity for any region that can be broken up into
rectangles and triangles, which accounts for most regions we will encounter.