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Homework Help: Help with arch dam problem

  1. Oct 4, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I need to find the volume of an arch dam that is rotated 150 degrees. The problem can be found at this link: http://college.cengage.com/mathematics/larson/calculus_early/2e/students/downloads/mws6a.pdf" [Broken] and it is number 4.

    I know the axis of rotation is 150 and the rotation is 150 degrees.

    2. Relevant equations

    I'm pretty sure I will need to use the shell method. I'm also sure I will need to translate the equations 220 units to the right. So I get [tex].03x^2-6.1x+240[/tex] for the interval 150 <= x <=204. 389 on the interval 204 < x < 220. And [tex]-6.593x+1839.46[/tex] on 220 <= x <= 279.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have many attempts at the solution, but everytime I try I seem to get different answers, that I don't feel are correct. For example, I split the cross section into 3 parts. Which are 2 triangle looking shapes, and a rectangle. The problem says the axis of rotation is at 150. So the shell method I do [tex]2pi*int(x(.03x^2-6.1x+240))[/tex] and evaluate it for a=150 and b=204. Then I would multiply this number by (150/360) since it's only 150 degree rotation. Would I just do this for each of the sections?
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