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Homework Help: Question regarding Greens theorem

  1. Mar 8, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I have some questions similar to this one. I have to just provide reasoning as to why this can or cannot be evaluated using greens theorem.

    given f = x/sqrt(x^2+y^2) dx + y/sqrt(x^2+y^2) dy, and the curve c is the unit circle around the origin. Why can/cannot the integral of f around c be evaluated using greens theorem?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So I said that because taking P as the first term and Q as the second term of f, they both don't have continuous first order partials on c (which is a condition for greens theorem) because there are restrictions on what x and y can be (ie x^2 + y^2 > 0). I'm not sure if that is right though if someone can clarify.
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  3. Mar 8, 2012 #2


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    That's the right idea. P and Q must have continuous partials on an open region containing C and its interior, not just on C. And the problem with the partials is at (0,0).
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