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Double integration using polar coordinates

  1. May 7, 2008 #1
    Ok, got a few small problems. Just gaps in my knowledge I suppose, wonder if anyone can help.

    A bit stuck on how to work out the limits for theta. Everything else is fine, it's just that. I know if it says in the first quadrant that it's pi/2 and 0 but thats a really basic one, everything above that, no clue.

    Beta function formula for anything that isn't from 0 to pi/2 :( I don't understand what number you multiply it by. Normal beta function is fine, just that.

    Think thats it for now. Help would be greatly appreciated :)
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  3. May 7, 2008 #2


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    it sounds like you are trying to memorize a formula for every situation, always useless.

    try picturing what the polkar coord map does to a rectangle 0 < r < A, 0 < theta < B, when mapping it to the x,y plane by sending (r,theta) to (rcostheta, rsintheta).
  4. May 7, 2008 #3
    Uh, I'm not sure what you mean. Could you be a bit more explicit? Just so you know, I'm not taking maths any further, so I am really just trying to memorise things so I can pass the exam
  5. May 7, 2008 #4
    I think what mathwonk is saying is that you should draw a picture of what is happening and realize where the bounds occur. Simply memorizing situations will illy prepare you for anything. There is not really a set pattern you follow to find the bounds, even your first quadran = pi/2 can be wrong if given the right problem.

    Even if you do not plan to take more mathematics, you shouldn't plan to stop thinking critically.
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