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Homework Help: Multiple integrals

  1. Nov 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    By changing to polar coordinates, evaluate:

    [tex]\int[/tex][tex]\int[/tex] e ^(-[tex]\sqrt{x^2 + y^2}[/tex]) dx dy

    Both integrals go from 0 --> infinity

    2. Relevant equations

    r = [tex]\sqrt{x^2 + y^2}[/tex]

    x = r cos[tex]\theta[/tex]

    y = r sin[tex]\theta[/tex]

    Using the Jacobian to switch to polar coord we get:

    J = r d[tex]\theta[/tex] dr

    3. The attempt at a solution

    [tex]\int[/tex][tex]\int[/tex] e ^ (-r) r d[tex]\theta[/tex] dr

    I have my integral set up, but I have no clue what the integration limits are. My prof. said this is always the hardest part of multiple integrals, any help hinting in the right direction would be great!

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  3. Nov 22, 2009 #2


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    Hi Blamo_slamo! :smile:

    (have a square-root: √ and a theta: θ and an infinity: ∞ and try using the X2 tag just above the Reply box :wink:)
    x and y each go from 0 to ∞.

    So what does the region look like?

    Then where does r go from?

    And then where does θ go from? :smile:
  4. Nov 23, 2009 #3
    So this region has a peak at x = y = 0, and it's at 1. The region also slopes off to 0, as both x, and y go to ∞

    I'm still not entirely sure on this, but technically the original function runs off to infinity, as it gets closer and closer to 0, so would r then be from ∞ --> 1? This is an even function, so I can just say it runs over that interval and take a 2 out in front right?

    This one just completes the circle right? So it would go from 0 --> 2π
  5. Nov 23, 2009 #4


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    Hi Blamo_slamo! :smile:
    no no no no noforget the function, for the limits, you're only interested in the region

    the region is the whole of the first quadrant … 0 ≤ x ≤ ∞ and 0 ≤ y ≤ ∞

    so what is that in terms of r and θ ? :smile:
  6. Dec 1, 2009 #5
    Would it be reliable, if I just subbed in the bounds of x and y, in r?

    e.g. r2 = x2 + y2
    so as 0 ≤ x ≤ ∞ and 0 ≤ y ≤ ∞; r would then go from 0 ≤ r ≤ ∞ ?

    and as you explained, we're only looking at the first quadrant, so 0 ≤ θ ≤ π/2 ?
  7. Dec 2, 2009 #6


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    Hi Blamo_slamo! :smile:

    (just got up :zzz: …)
    Yup! :biggrin:

    That's exactly the way to do it! :smile:
  8. Dec 3, 2009 #7
    :smile: Thanks a lot tiny-tim!
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