# Homework Help: Length of a curve

1. Mar 19, 2007

### Aerosion

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

To find the length of the curve defined by y=3x^3+11x from the point (0,0) to the point (1,14), you'd have to compute:

$$\int_{a}^{b} f(x) dx$$

where a=?, b=? and f(x)=?

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

So I put a to be 0 and b to be 1, since it's asking for the x axis.

Then I took the equation y=3x^3+11x and got its derivative, 9x^2+11. I subtracted one from the entire equation and square rooted the entire thing, such that it looked like $$\sqrt{1-9x^2+11}$$.

Did I do anything wrong here? This is an internet-generated exercise I'm doing.

2. Mar 19, 2007

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
That will give you the area under the curve, not the arc length. Do a bit more searching for the arc lenght forumal.

3. Mar 19, 2007

### Mindscrape

That will not give you the area under the curve, nor will it give you the arc length!

The arc length would $$S = \int_a^b \sqrt{1 + (\frac{dy}{dx})^2}$$

*Note that is (dy/dx)^2, I did something latex didn't like.