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Homework Help: Shell Method Integral Setup

  1. Feb 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Using the shell method, set up and evaluate the integral that gives the volume of the solid generated by revolving the plane region about the x-axis.
    y = x3 bounded by y = 8, and x = 0.

    2. Relevant equations
    volume of a solid revolved around x-axis using the shell method.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have to find the height h(y) of some arbitrary shell and the average radius p(y) of all shells multiply them together and then integrate them, which I am fairly confident I can do so I am not going to worry about that at this time. For my height, h(y), I have a distance of "y" and I understand that. But the average radius p(y) is what I do not understand, the answer says that they are just multiplying the height by x(y), y1/3, which they do because they are integrating wrt y. But geometrically, I would have thought the average radius would be (8 - y1/3).
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  3. Feb 13, 2013 #2


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    Are you working out of the Larson book, by chance?
    You got it mixed up, I think. y = 8 is a horizontal line, and it serves as the upper limit of integration. Your representative rectangles are parallel to the axis of revolution. h(y) is the distance from the y-axis to the curve, so it's actually y1/3. p(y) is the distance from the rectangle to the x-axis, which is y.
  4. Feb 14, 2013 #3
    I understand it now, thank you. I am working out of larson 9e, is there another text book for calculus that you can suggest would help teach the course better?
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