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Mean Value Theorem to calculate solids of revolution?

  1. Mar 10, 2008 #1
    Mean Value Theorem to calculate solids of revolution???

    Ive been studying calculus on my own because my school doesnt offer it and i came across solids of revolution tonight. In one of the problems it says "What is the volume of the solid formed by rotating y=e^x across the x-axis between x=2 and x=3 ?" They did it using the disk method. It occured to me however, that if you used the mean value theorem to find the average height of the curve, that would give you the average radius, so then u should just be able to use (pi)(r^2)(height) to find the volume, but height is just 3-2=1 . But it always seems to come up short. Does anybody know why?
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  3. Mar 10, 2008 #2
    The height of the equation is e^x. I think that is the problem. Maybe not though I looked briefly.
  4. Mar 10, 2008 #3


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    The "average value" of the height of the graph is NOT the "centroid" and that's what you would need to use. Look up "Pappus' theorem" in your textbook:
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