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Finding the area of a circular strip

  1. Oct 26, 2015 #1
    if I wanted to find the area of the outer circular strip, I know I would just take the area of the composite and subtract out the inner radius. (i.e. pi(a^2)-pi(b^2)). However why cant I use 2pi*radius*thickness? this would be 2pi*a(a-b) which is obviously not the same.
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  3. Oct 26, 2015 #2


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    Of course not if the thickness is not infinitesimal. The "2pi*radius*thickness" comes from assuming that the strip can be stretched out to make a long rectangle, which is obviously not possible if the inner and outer radius are not infinitesimally different.
  4. Oct 26, 2015 #3
    Yeah, I had a hunch it had something to do with that. If the inner and outer radii are different, then it doesnt wind up being a rectangle. Thanks for the reply.
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