Centroid formula homework help

1. Jul 21, 2006

suspenc3

Ok, I think I've figured this out but the book gives me different answer for my x value:

$$y=4-x^2$$ $$y=0$$

$$A= \int_0^2(4-x^2)dx$$ A=16/3

$$x bar= \frac{3}{16}\int_0^2 x(4-x^2)dx$$

and this comes out to 3/4..The book says 0 for the X-value...where did I go wrong?

2. Jul 21, 2006

0rthodontist

Your region goes from -2 to 2 on the x-axis, not 0 to 2.

3. Jul 21, 2006

suspenc3

ohhhhhh ya..good poinT.

4. Jul 21, 2006

suspenc3

but wont that give me A=0?

5. Jul 21, 2006

Benny

Well...

$$A = \int\limits_{ - 2}^2 {\left( {4 - x^2 } \right)dx} = \left[ {4x - \frac{{x^3 }}{3}} \right]_{ - 2}^2 = \left( {8 - \frac{8}{3}} \right) - \left( { - 8 + \frac{8}{3}} \right) \ne 0$$

BTW since you're finding the centroid of a 2D solid shouldn't you use a double integral? Or is there some sort of formula that you're already using.

6. Jul 22, 2006

pizzasky

Alternatively, you can deduce the x-coordinate of the centroid by symmetry.

7. Jul 22, 2006

suspenc3

oh..ok..No there is a formula..Find A..and then the X and Y coordinates

8. Jul 23, 2006

HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
Yes, there is a formula: but that doesn't mean you can't use your intelligence!

The "centroid" of a figure is the geometric center. Since you figure is symmetric about the y-axis, obviously the centroid must be on that axis: the x coordinate of the centroid is 0.

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