I'm reading Stroud's Engineering Mathematics. A small excerpt from Stroud's book follows: Area under the curve_part1
I'm a software engineer and I know how to integrate but I'm currently looking into its fundamentals. How would you define $dA_x$ [Refer image 2]? I know dy/dx is explained as the slope of the tangent to a point on a curve - I get this, but not $dA_x$. I find it odd, how the explanation very conveniently picks $\delta x$ as the area of the strip and as the error drops down to 0, $\delta x$ tends to 0 and hence becomes $dA_x$. What have I got wrong?