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Homework Help: Calculate the line integral

  1. Dec 24, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    i have this problem and need your help. I tried to solve the first 2 question but dont know ho to solve the third one

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  3. Dec 24, 2014 #2
    The answer to your first part is wrong just fyi. Think about the area under the curve of that line. Does it look like it's zero???

    As is the second part. You used the upper bound of the integral as the value you subtracted, it should be the thing you subtract from.

    And I'm not sure what the third part is asking. Is it asking for the integral on the line OA and the line OB, in which case it'd be zero, or is there something you didn't write down. How is it exactly written in the problem?
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2014
  4. Dec 24, 2014 #3
    Im not sure if i copied the problem right but i have another copy from my friend of the same problem

    1- from OA ( straight line ) ##y=2x##
    2- from OA ( arc ) ## y=2x^2 ##
    3- the line OB
    4- the line BA
  5. Dec 24, 2014 #4


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    What you have shown is difficult to read! It appears that you meant that O and A are points: O= (0, 0) and A= (1, 2). But if so, then "over the point OA" makes no sense. I think you mean "over the line OA".

    If [itex]y= 2x[/itex], what is dy?

    If [itex]y= 2x^2[/itex] what is dy?

    I'm not clear on what "3- the line OB, 4- the line BA" is supposed to mean when initially the you had the single problem, "From OB to BA", which also makes no sense since you do not go "from" one line to another. I think that what you mean is that all these integrals are from O to A, the third problem being along the horizontal line from O to B, y= 0, and then along the vertical line from B to A, x= 1.
    If y= 0, what is dy? If x= 1, what is dx?
  6. Dec 24, 2014 #5
    Well if you think about it for parts 3 and 4, when you take an integral you're finding the area underneath the curve between it and the x-axis. So if there's no distance between the line and the x-axis, or it's perpendicular to the x-axis, there is no area underneath it, so it's zero.
  7. Dec 24, 2014 #6
    Maybe i shall use greens theorem??
    Will it make sense??
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