# Not sure if this surface integral is right

• unscientific
In summary, the conversation discusses a manual integration and surface calculations for a prism. The individual encountered some errors in their calculations, but with the help of another person, they were able to correct their mistakes and get the final answer. The main errors were related to the signs of the normal and the direction of the faces.
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## The Attempt at a Solution

I did the manual integration of part (i) and got an answer of 5/6 instead, I'm not sure which part is wrong.. For the surfaces, I start off with the surface in the x-z plane, then the slanted plane, then the y-z plane, then the top of the prism and finally the bottom of the prism.

For the slanted plane, I projected it onto the x-z plane to do the integration..

Part (a)

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I see two errors in the face by face method.
You have the sign of the normal wrong in the first and third faces. The direction is always outwards.
For the second face, you correctly had ∫xy2+x2, but went wrong in the next line.

haruspex said:
I see two errors in the face by face method.
You have the sign of the normal wrong in the first and third faces. The direction is always outwards.
For the second face, you correctly had ∫xy2+x2, but went wrong in the next line.

Thanks! I will try again.

haruspex said:
I see two errors in the face by face method.
You have the sign of the normal wrong in the first and third faces. The direction is always outwards.
For the second face, you correctly had ∫xy2+x2, but went wrong in the next line.

Finally got the answer as 1/4 ! Thanks alot!

## 1. How do I determine if my surface integral is correct?

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## 2. What are the common mistakes in solving surface integrals?

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## 3. How can I verify the accuracy of my surface integral?

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