# Line Integral - Stokes theorem

#### AwesomeTrains

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Hello
I was given the vector field: $\vec A (\vec r) =(−y(x^2+y^2),x(x^2+y^2),xyz)$ and had to calculate the line integral $\oint \vec A \cdot d \vec r$ over a circle centered at the origin in the $xy$-plane, with radius $R$, by using the theorem of Stokes.

Another thing, when calculating $∇× \vec A$ I used Cartesian coordinates but when doing the integration I changed to polar coordinates, is that okay? Or do I have to do it all in Cartesian coordinates, because I did curl in Cartesian coordinates?

2. Relevant equations
Stokes equation: 3. The attempt at a solution
My result is: $2R^4π$ Is that correct ? I evaluated both sides and got the same.

Kind regards Alex

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#### vela

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Another thing, when calculating $∇× \vec A$ I used Cartesian coordinates but when doing the integration I changed to polar coordinates, is that okay? Or do I have to do it all in Cartesian coordinates, because I did curl in Cartesian coordinates?
It's fine to change coordinates to make evaluating the integral easier whenever you want.

My result is: $2R^4π$ Is that correct ? I evaluated both sides and got the same.
I didn't actually do the integral on paper so I might have missed something, but the answer looks right to me.

#### AwesomeTrains

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Okay, thanks for the reply :)

#### rude man

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I got 4πR4.

del x A = 4R2 k
dA = R2/2 k
∫2R2R2dθ from 0 to 2π = 4πR4.

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#### AwesomeTrains

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Thanks for doing the calculation but why is $dA=\frac{R^2}{2} d \theta$. My curl vector is the same.
I was using $dxdy=rdrd \theta$

#### rude man

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Thanks for doing the calculation but why is $dA=\frac{R^2}{2} d \theta$. My curl vector is the same.
I was using $dxdy=rdrd \theta$
I took the differential area as that of a triangle of area 1/2 bh = 1/2 R Rrdθ = 1/2 R2
b = base
h = height
Proof: A = ∫dA = 1/2 R2∫dθ from 0 to 2π = πR2. You can do it your way too! Just requires integrating twice instead of once:
dA = r dr dθ
A = ∫∫r dr dθ= R2/2 (2θ) = πR2.
So how about showing how you got 2πR4? One of us must have stumbled a bit in the dA department.

#### vela

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I got 4πR4.

del x A = 4R2 k
dA = R2/2 k
∫2R2R2dθ from 0 to 2π = 4πR4.
The curl is $\nabla\times\vec{A} = 4r^2 \hat{k}$. It depends on variable $r$, not constant $R$, so you can't use that area element.

#### AwesomeTrains

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Thanks for the replies guys. I'll write out my calculation then you can see where the mistake lies.
$\nabla \times \vec A = (xz - 0)i + (0 - yz)j + (3x^2+y^2 - (-x^2 - 3y^2))k$
Chose a vektor normal to the circle:
$d \vec f = 0i+0j+k$
The dot product is then:
$\nabla x \vec A \cdot d \vec f = 4x^2+4y^2 = 4r^2$
Then I integrated over the circle, and changed to spherical coordinates where I used the area element: $dA =rdrd \phi$:
$\int_{0}^{2\pi} \int_{0}^R 4r^2rdrd \phi = \int_{0}^{2Pi} \int_{0}^R 4r^3drd \phi = 2R^4\pi$

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#### rude man

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I agree, I should not have made r constant in the curl expression.

#### AwesomeTrains

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Is $2R^4\pi$ then the correct result?

#### vela

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Yes.

#### rude man

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Is $2R^4\pi$ then the correct result?
Yes, I say it is, and you were right to use r dr dθ as the elemental area.

#### AwesomeTrains

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Okay, thanks for the help, will be back with some more problems :)

#### rude man

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Okay, thanks for the help, will be back with some more problems :)
Please do! I'll try not to mess up next time ... ### Want to reply to this thread?

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