# Homework Help: Double Integration - Surface Area

1. Apr 29, 2013

### pious&peevish

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Find the surface area of the surface defined by:

z = (2/3)(x^(3/2) + y^(3/2)), 0 ≤ x ≤ 1, 0 ≤ y ≤ 1

2. Relevant equations

SA = ∫∫ √(fx)^2 + (fy)^2 + 1 dA

3. The attempt at a solution

Solved for the partial derivatives and plugged them into the formula, but got a really messy answer in the end. I think I was supposed to do a change of variables somewhere but I'm not sure how...

2. Apr 29, 2013

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus

Do you mean SA = ∫∫ √((fx)^2 + (fy)^2 + 1) dA , or perhaps something else.

What did you get for ∂f/∂x ?

The integrand turns out to be fairly simple.

3. Apr 29, 2013

### pious&peevish

Yes, sorry - I meant ∫∫ √((fx)^2 + (fy)^2 + 1) dA .

I had √(x) for ∂f/∂x and √(y) for ∂f/∂y.

4. Apr 29, 2013

### Zondrina

It doesn't matter what order of integration you go in this case. If you plug in your $f_x$ and $f_y$ into your integral it becomes very easy with a regular substitution.

i.e Lets say you integrate x first. So u = x + y + 1 implies du = dx.

5. Apr 29, 2013

### pious&peevish

Ah, now it makes perfect sense! Thanks!