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Area of polar curves

  1. Jul 15, 2005 #1
    I am having trouble finding the area between 2 polar curves..... I have the procedure down, but the bounds are throwing me off. Any help with understanding how to bound would be great appreciated!

    I have attatched one problem that I am having hard time with and the work I have done. I know that I am doing something wrong because I am getting a negative number for an area (which shouldn't be).

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  3. Jul 15, 2005 #2


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    You can't write that as one integral in that way. The Functions do not respond to the parameters the same way, different bounds are needed for each.
    [tex]\frac{A}{2}=\frac{1}{2}\int_{\frac{\pi}{3}}^{\pi}(1+\cos(\theta))^2 d\theta - \frac{1}{2}\int_{\frac{\pi}{3}}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}(3\cos(\theta))^2 d\theta[/tex]
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  4. Jul 15, 2005 #3
    Thanks :smile:
    After working on it for a little while i arrived at the same expression.... and i was a little unsure about it, but you confirmed it!
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