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Maple Area command in Matlab or Mathematica or Maple

  1. Sep 6, 2011 #1
    I would like to know if there is a command in Matlab or Mathematica or Maple, which shows the area of a closed curve.
    For example, find the area enclosed by a circle, x^2+y^2=1.
    I wish I could use a command like "SOME_AREA_COMMAND[x^2+y^2=1]" and it can give me the answer Pi.

    I know I can use integral, but sometimes it is difficult to find the joint points.

    Thank you all. :-)
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  3. Sep 6, 2011 #2


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    For Mathematica:

    region = x^2 + y^2 < 1 && x > 0;
    RegionPlot[region, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}]
    Integrate[If[region, 1, 0], {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}]

    is for a half circle. so long as its bounded i believe this will work for all regions that you want without finding the limits of curves.

    So long as you can write this as a boolean of a closed function (being inside or out) this should work.
  4. Sep 6, 2011 #3
    I agree with Hepth's reply, except that it's preferable to use Boole[] or Piecewise[] for algebra/symbolics and keep If[] for programming constructs. They former are better integrated into the Integrate function and run faster (about 10 times faster on my machine)

    Integrate[Boole[region], {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}]

    Integrate[Piecewise[{{1, region}}, 0], {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}]
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