Register to reply

Another Polar Double Integral

by G01
Tags: double, integral, polar
Share this thread:
Nov24-06, 07:03 PM
HW Helper
G01's Avatar
P: 2,685
Hey everyone, My task this time is to derive the volume of a sphere using a polar double integral.

The sphere has radius [tex] a[/tex] we know that r goes from 0 to a in this integral.

The equation for a sphere is:

[tex] x^2 + y^2 +z^2 = r^2[/tex]
or [tex] f(x,y) = \sqrt{r^2 -x^2 -y^2}[/tex]
and it intersects the x-y plane in a circle:

[tex] x^2 + y^2 = r^2 [/tex]

So if we find the volume over this circle and under the positive half of the sphere and double it we should get the volume we want.

r goes from 0 to a, and [tex]\theta[/tex] goes from 0 to[tex]2\pi[/tex].

So we get:

[tex]2 \int_0^{2\pi} \int_0^a f( r\cos\theta , r\sin\theta ) r dr d\theta [/tex]

My problem is that whenever I fill in the polar conversions for x and y my sphere equation becomes z=0. I know I'm missing something simple but I can't figure it out. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on
An interesting glimpse into how future state-of-the-art electronics might work
Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules
C2D2 fighting corrosion
Nov24-06, 07:18 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
P: 4,500
Because you're confusing your r's. One of them is a variable, the other is the radius of the sphere
Nov24-06, 07:21 PM
HW Helper
G01's Avatar
P: 2,685
wow! i must be tired!! Thanks alot shredder

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Double integral with polar Calculus & Beyond Homework 1
Double integral into the polar form... Calculus & Beyond Homework 4
Polar double integral Calculus & Beyond Homework 7
Double integral in polar form Calculus & Beyond Homework 5
Double integral and polar coord Calculus 3