# Homework Help: Positive or Negative Flux?

1. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

Hi I have an assignment due tomorrow, and have answered all the questions, I am just unsure about positive or negative flux

I know 5b) is positive, I think 6 is positive, and I'm guessing the other two are positive, but can anyone confirm?

And if I did get the sign wrong, would I have to redo the cross product, or can I just say at the end for instance that the flux is positive and change the sign from a negative to positive?

Also

I got a negative answer, is that ok? or should I just say it's positive and change the sign to a positive one?

Thanks!

Last edited: Feb 15, 2010
2. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

3. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

anyone?

4. Feb 15, 2010

### Dustinsfl

If you make the graphs, I will work on it but I don't want to make them.

5. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

Those are my graphs, I know they suck...

This is due tomorrow morning, help would be amazing really! and for the last one I posted, is it just a volume so it should be positive? I am a little confused. I solved them all though.

6. Feb 15, 2010

### LCKurtz

When you calculate Ru X Rv to get the normal to the surface, you should check at that step whether it agrees with the direction specified as positive. That's where you should adjust the sign.

For the triple integral in your last problem it is not OK to get a negative answer since your integrand is nonnegative. Check that your limits are correct and in the positive direction through the volume.

I agree your graphs are awful, the "disk" and "cone" don't pass the laugh test. :rofl:

7. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

Ok thanks :) Are you able to confirm whether the others are in fact positive values?

8. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

Or how do I check at Ru X Rv whether I have the right direction?

9. Feb 15, 2010

### LCKurtz

Depends on the problem. For example, if your flux is directed generally upwards you would look for Ru X Rv to have a positive z component and, if it didn't, use the opposite cross product.

As to whether the other answers should be positive, I didn't work them. But if your flux is in the radial direction like it is, you can probably tell whether it is going through your surface in the positive orientation direction or not. At least you can if your graphs bear some semblance to reality.

10. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

So for number 5a after I do Ru X Rv I get -2x-2y+1...so that is in the positive z direction right...and my final answer is -pi/2...assuming my work is correct this makes sense?

11. Feb 15, 2010

### LCKurtz

That isn't a vector. Do you mean <-2, -2, 1>?

Given that the orientation is upward, which is towards the inside of the paraboloid, and that the radial direction is towards the outside of the paraboloid, negative makes sense to me. Does it to you?

12. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

yes i meant -2i-2j+k...

Um well if the paraboloid looks like how I drew it, wouldn't an upward flux be leaving the paraboloid....unless I drew it wrong.

13. Feb 15, 2010

### mmmboh

For number 6, after I do the cross, I get (-ucosv)i+(-usinv)j+uk...does this mean it is in the positive y-direction? because u can be negative right....my final answer ends up being -13pi/8 for that one..

14. Feb 15, 2010

### LCKurtz

Yes, it is leaving the paraboloid. But what about the orientation of the paraboloid? The paraboloid is oriented upwards. The "top" or up side of the paraboloid is the inside. The flux is not going towards the positive orientation of the surface, even though it is heading generally upwards.

15. Feb 15, 2010

### LCKurtz

Gotta run. Good luck.