Calc 2 solids of revolution help

  • #1
A solid lies between planes perpendicular to the x-axis at x=-a and x=a for values of a>0 to be given below in parts (i) and (ii). In each case the cross-sections perpendicular to the x-axis between these planes run from the semicircle y=√(a^2-x^2) to the semicircle

If a=7 and the cross-sections are equilateral triangles with bases in the x-y plane, find a formula for the area A(x) of the cross-section at location x.

For the base i used 2*√(a^2-x^2), for the height i used √(a^2-x^2)/tan(30). so i get
(a^2-x^2)/tan(30) as an answer, which is not right. what am i doing wrong i can't seem to figure it out.

i uploaded a picture of what the problem gave me if it helps.


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  • #2
Why do you think that is not right?
  • #3
its a problem on my online homework and when i type in that answer it says its wrong
  • #4
You made a mistake finding the height of the triangle.

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