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Homework Help: Setting up a triple integral

  1. Apr 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider a region in the first octant bounded by z=1-x^2 and y = 1-x. Write the integral in the order dx dy dz and dx dz dy.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    For the first one:

    z varies from 0 to 1.
    y (in terms of z) varies from...1 to 1??
    x (in terms of z and y) varies from -sqrt(1-z) to sqrt(1-z)-y??

    For the second one:

    y varies from 0 to 1.
    z (in terms of y) varies from 1 to 1?
    x (in terms of y and z) varies from -sqrt(1-z) to sqrt(1-z)-y??

    I'm not sure what to do about the y as it is always at 1 in terms of x.
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 9, 2009 #2
    Neither one is correct. You have to draw the picture to visualize this. Once you have drawn the picture, look at it from the usual orientation, but also look at it directly from the "front" (i.e., look toward the yz plane).
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