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Homework Help: Limit of double integration

  1. Aug 13, 2012 #1
    For the following regions in R2 express the double integral in terms of iterated integrals in two different ways:

    S = the region between the parabolas y = x2 and y = 6 - 4x -x2


    Ok I got everything except one limit of integraton in regards to the order dx dy of integration:

    for an upper limit of integration the solution said: x = -2 ± (10 - y )1/2. my question is how do they obtain that limit of integration. It's probably more of an algebraic question than calculus.

    Also how do you write integrals with iTex code?
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  3. Aug 13, 2012 #2


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    look at the equations you have been given. Can you think of how to rearrange one of them to get the limit?

    Also, for more information on latex: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=617567 Or google might help. I think I remember the way to write the integral sign is \int
  4. Aug 13, 2012 #3

    That's exactly my problem I can't see how to rearrange them to obtain that solution.
  5. Aug 14, 2012 #4


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    Integrating with respect to x should be straightforward. Looking at a graph indicates that, integrating with respect to y you will need to break this into three separate integrals, from y= 0 to y= 1, from y= 1 to y= 9, and from y= 9 to y= 10. Do you see why?
  6. Aug 15, 2012 #5

    I do somewhat see why, well what I mean by that is I understand exactly the reason for splittiing it up, I think the way I drew the graph doesn't illustrate that. But it is solving for the exact x value that I specified in my first post. I tried to work it backwards and couldn't get anything related to what I have.
  7. Aug 15, 2012 #6


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    You can do it. Get y=6-4x-x2 so that x is the subject of the equation. Also, it is important to draw out the graph, and algebraically work out the points of intersection.
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