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Line integral

  1. Nov 29, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    ∫(y-x)dx+xydy

    c: the line segment from (3,4)to(2,1)

    First thing I did was get the formula for the slop of the line segment, getting the relation

    y=3x-5

    I then parametrizided with x=t which gave y=3t-5

    dx=dt and dy=3

    plugging in I get the following integral

    ∫-9t+13t-15dt

    I dont know how to find the limits of integration though. I tried using (4,1) and just inserting a negative in front of the integral in order to reverse it to the correct order, but still did not get the correct value.

    Which is -39/2

    Thanks again



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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Nov 29, 2012 #2

    Mute

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    Your initial point is ##(x(t),y(t)) = (3,4)##, so for which value of t does x=3, y=4 in your parametrization? Similarly, your final point is (2,1), so for what value of t is x=2, y=1? If the the time for the final point is less than the time for the initial point, you can do as you suggested and flip the limits by introducing an overall negative sign to the integral. I'm not sure if by "(4,1)" that is supposed to be your limits of integration, but if so, those are not the correct limits.
     
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