# semicircle problem

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 P: 14 i have been told that dA=R dR d(theta), what does mean exactly in terms of pi. the shape is a semicircle. Does this mean that d(theta) is 180, or pi. Please give me an example.
 PF Patron HW Helper Sci Advisor Thanks P: 11,935 No, dA is a notation for an area element (infinitely small). 1. Suppose you are using polar coordinates $$r,\theta$$, what sort of region is described by the inequalities: $$R\leq{r}\leq{R}+\bigtriangleup{R},\theta_{0}\leq\theta\leq\theta_{0}+\b igtriangleup{\theta}$$ You ought to see that this represent a specific portion of a section of a circle. 2. Now, if you let $$\bigtriangleup{R},\bigtriangleup\theta$$ tend towards zero, you may approximate this region as a rectangle (or trapezoid, if you like that better). What should the (tiny!) area of this figure be?
 P: 14 here is an example of mine that i have suppose i hae a rectangle, in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY, which lets me integrate along y axis, now for a semicircle, how would i do that if dA = r dr d(theta)
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## semicircle problem

so what i did, was changed dr to dy, and now i need to change d(theta) which should be a number (like in the case of 4 m for rectangle), and it has to be in terms of pi,
the shape is a semi circle
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 Quote by n05tr4d4177u5 here is an example of mine that i have suppose i hae a rectangle, in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY, which lets me integrate along y axis, now for a semicircle, how would i do that if dA = r dr d(theta)
You do know how to integrate, don't you?
If you are to compute the area of the semicircle, the $$\theta$$ integration is trivial, so you can find out that by yourself.
 P: 14 no i dont know, its been a while since i integrated a circle please help me, thats why im asking, i havent done that in years
 PF Patron HW Helper Sci Advisor Thanks P: 11,935 Well, can you at least post the integral you want to compute, specifying the intervals in which R and the angle must lie in for the semi-circle?
 P: 14 y = d(theta) Y ^ 2 integrate from y=R to y= 0 Shape is semi circle
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 P: 14 imagine the top half of a circle. the origin lies along the bottom of the semicircle, and in the middle. y axis up, and x axis to the right and left. i think theta can only go from 0 to 180 degrees since it is a semi circle. Y = d(theta) R squared R = radius, integrate from 0 to R
 PF Patron HW Helper Sci Advisor Thanks P: 11,935 What is Y? Do you know what the d in front of (theta) means?
 P: 14 in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY, which lets me integrate along y axis, now for a semicircle, how would i do that if dA = r dr d(theta)
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 Quote by n05tr4d4177u5 in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY,
Well, why do you believe this to be true?

How do you derive that?
 P: 14 are u reallly an advisor, cuase its unbelievable youve never seen that before,
 P: 14 example , the integral of ydy = y squared/ 2
 PF Patron HW Helper Sci Advisor Thanks P: 11,935 Sure I have, but you are so vague and obtuse that I don't think you understand what you write yourself. So, again: show that you have at least a minimum of mathematical skill and understanding. I have already shown you how you can do this problem, but it doesn't seem you have the competence to follow a perfectly clear line of reasoning.
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 Quote by n05tr4d4177u5 here is an example of mine that i have suppose i hae a rectangle, in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY
You are good up to here.
 if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY,
Why can you write this? Where did it come from? You cannot just drop the dx and it is not automaticlly set to 4 or any other value.

One of the first things you need to do is carefully define your rectangle in terms of your coordinate system.

Suppose one corner is at the origin, x=y=0 and the diagonal corner is at x=L, y=W. To find the area we must define our integral:
$$\int dA = \int^{y=W}_{y=0} \int^{x=L}_{x=0} dx dy$$
 which lets me integrate along y axis,
Can you complete the above integral?
 now for a semicircle, how would i do that if dA = r dr d(theta)
Ok, now lets set up the integral for the area of a semi circle.
Once again we need to define the circle in terms of the coordinate system.

If the center of the circle is at the origin and the radius is R.

So to get the Area of the circle (or portion there of) the radius will take on values between 0 and R, while the angle $\Theta$ varies from 0 to $\pi$ (for a semi circle). Now lets set up the integral

$$\int dA = \int ^{\Theta=\pi} _{\Theta=0} \int^{r=R}_{r=0} rdr d\Theta$$

Can you evaluate the integral?
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 imagine the top half of a circle. the origin lies along the bottom of the semicircle, and in the middle. y axis up, and x axis to the right and left. i think theta can only go from 0 to 180 degrees since it is a semi circle. Y = d(theta) R squared R = radius, integrate from 0 to R
You haven't stated a problem here! What do you want to integrate from 0 to R? What function are you integrating?

If you just want the area, look at the problem you gave:
 in a rectangles case, dA = dX dY if i have the rectangles width and it is 4 m, then dA = 4dY
(And arildno did not say he had never seen that before, he was trying to get you to think about why you think that was true.)

Suppose your semi-circles radius is R. Then dA= r dr dθ. In a sense, dr here, as well as r, is r: along each radius we go from r= 0 to R so the "change in r", dr, is R.

Okay, then r dr dθ becomes dA= R2 dθ, just like your dX dY became 4dy, the area of the semi-circle is
$$\int_{\theta=0}^{\pi} R^2 d\theta= \pi R^2$$, exactly the right answer.

(θ does not go from 0 to 180! As I am sure you learned in when you were learning the derivatives of sine and cosine, in calculus, all angles are in radians.)