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Homework Help: Jacobian's Integration

  1. Nov 25, 2007 #1
    [SOLVED] Jacobian's Integration

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Find an appropriate change of variable in order to evaluate the double integral over R. (Hint:you could find the equations of the boundary lines, and then do the change of variables)

    [tex] \int R \int 4(x+y)\exp{x-y} dA [/tex]

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I dont understand how I am going to change the variable when I received no region to begin with. I am wondering if this was a mistake on the part of the teacher.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2007
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  3. Nov 25, 2007 #2


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    This problem makes no sense unless you are given "R". Perhaps there was a picture to go with the problem?
  4. Nov 25, 2007 #3
    There was no picture whatsoever and I like you was dumb-struck. I thought it was just a question which was clearly out of my league but hearing this response lets me know she must have made a mistake. *sighs* ah brotha
  5. Nov 26, 2007 #4
    I looked through some text and I found the problem but this one has the equations
    x = (1/2)(u+v) and y = (1/2)(u-v). But she said we should solve the problem as an indefinite integral so i am now lost.
  6. Nov 26, 2007 #5


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    I really would like to know what the problem really was! From x= (1/2)(u+ v) and y= (1/2)(u- v) we can get u+ v= 2x and u- v= 2y so, adding the equations, 2u= 2x+ 2y and u= x+ y. Subtracting the two equations, 2v= 2x- 2y and v= x- y. I strongly suspect that the original problem was to integrate over a diamond shaped region with boundaries given by x+ y= constant and x- y= constant.
  7. Nov 26, 2007 #6
    yeah she showed us in class today that the problem originally stemmed with a triangular region. But she had expected us to bring some equations out of thin air like u = x+y and v = u-v and find the jacobian and do an indefinite integral.

    In case of the triangular area with vertices: (-1 1) (0 0) and (1 1), how would you do a change of variable to make that look like a square or rectangular region in terms of u an v?
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