# Simple double integral

## Homework Statement

∫∫D x2+y2dA
where D is the region limited by: y=x2, x=2, y=1 (dA = dxdy)

## The Attempt at a Solution

So basically i sketched the area, and i get the area under y=x2 0<x<1 and a square at 1<x<2 , 0<y<1
So i divded the integrals; for the square ∫0112 of x2+y2dxdy
for the y=x2 part is the part i need help/confirming x goes from 0 to 1(so integral os x2 with those bounds), and i used substitution for y=x2 and got dy=2xdx so integrated from 0 to 1 x42x dx

So i integrated x2 and kept the bounds so i got [(x3)/3]10 then integrated y2 and set its bounds to 0 to x2 and substituted so i got [(x3)/3]10 + x^5/3, and moved that inside the bounds.
Am i correct?

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## Homework Statement

∫∫D x2+y2dA
where D is the region limited by: y=x2, x=2, y=1 (dA = dxdy)

## The Attempt at a Solution

So basically i sketched the area, and i get the area under y=x2 0<x<1 and a square at 1<x<2 , 0<y<1
So i divded the integrals; for the square ∫0112 of x2+y2dxdy
for the y=x2 part is the part i need help/confirming x goes from 0 to 1(so integral os x2 with those bounds), and i used substitution for y=x2 and got dy=2xdx so integrated from 0 to 1 x42x dx
I have a different interpretation of the region D.

You can always plot these in utilities like Wolfram Alpha.

I take the upper boundary of D to be y = x2.

The right hand boundary is going to be the vertical line x = 2.

The lower boundary will be the horizontal line y = 1. This will also produce the left-hand limit of the region in terms of the x-coordinate, where y = 1 intersects y = x2.

The region D is roughly in the shape of a triangle, with the hypotenuse being a segment of the parabola y = x2 and the base being the line y = 1.

https://www4f.wolframalpha.com/Calculate/MSP/MSP641hbce22d448geh87000055267hbac324i9hi?MSPStoreType=image/gif&s=47 [Broken]

As far as the mechanics of your integration goes, I have no idea what you are trying to do. You don't have the correct region for D and your substitution is frankly a head-scratcher.

In any event, since you have the double integral of a sum, it would probably be easier to split this into the sum of the integrals of x2 and y2 dA and add the results:

##\int \int_D (x^2+y^2)\, dA = \int \int_D x^2\,dA + \int\int_D y^2\, dA##

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• WrongMan
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The best way to perform this double integral is to do the dy integral first. The dx integral (done second) has two parts that will have different boundaries. So basically divide the double integral into two sections: 1) ## 0<x<1 ## and 2) ## 1<x<2 ##. The dx integral from 0 to 1 is bounded by ## y=x^2 ## for the portion 0<x<1 (as you correctly noticed), and by y=1 for ## 1<x<2 ##. For the first section , you need to carefully look at the dy limits. Do you see that the upper limit here (on the dy integration) needs to be ## x^2 ##? It does take a little effort to get some proficiency with these double integrals.... editing...sorry, my mistake=I see I got the boundary region incorrect. I mistakenly thought you had y=0 as a lower boundary....but I see, yes, I didn't read your problem statement and assumed you had the region correct...

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ok so my first attempt was incorrect, i see that now...

The problem with my second attempt was that my teacher defined dA as dxdy so i cant integrate y first, so i have to take the lower limit of x as square root of y.
If i could integrate dy first i could've done what i did in my second attempt and set the upper limmit of y as x2

Am i correct?

so using the now correct boundries ( im leaving the 1<x<2 part out)
01y½1 x2+y2 dxdy
so i get
011/3- (1/3*y3/2)+y2 dy

is this correct?

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ok so my first attempt was incorrect, i see that now...

The problem with my second attempt was that my teacher defined dA as dxdy so i cant integrate y first, so i have to take the lower limit of x as square root of y.
If i could integrate dy first i could've done what i did in my second attempt and set the upper limmit of y as x2

Am i correct?

so using the now correct boundries ( im leaving the 1<x<2 part out)
01y½1 x2+y2
so i get
011/3- (1/3*y3/2)+y2 dy

is this correct?
Who says you can't integrate w.r.t. y first? dA = dxdy is the same as dA = dydx. In fact, you should get the same answer to the integral regardless of which variable you choose first.

• WrongMan
Who says you can't integrate w.r.t. y first? dA = dxdy is the same as dA = dydx. In fact, you should get the same answer to the integral regardless of which variable you choose first.
in this particular set of problems my teacher said to use dA = dxdy, so i can't use dydx

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in this particular set of problems my teacher said to use dA = dxdy, so i can't use dydx
I don't know why this is, but you should be able to use any order to integrate your function. At least, in the real world you can.

• WrongMan
I don't know why this is, but you should be able to use any order to integrate your function. At least, in the real world you can.
i'm guessing that its for us to practice integration limits.
All the other problems i can use whatever i want for dA

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ok so my first attempt was incorrect, i see that now...

The problem with my second attempt was that my teacher defined dA as dxdy so i cant integrate y first, so i have to take the lower limit of x as square root of y.
If i could integrate dy first i could've done what i did in my second attempt and set the upper limmit of y as x2

Am i correct?

so using the now correct boundries ( im leaving the 1<x<2 part out)
01y½1 x2+y2 dxdy
so i get
011/3- (1/3*y3/2)+y2 dy

is this correct?
Not completely correct. Your upper dx limit needs to be 2. And your y limits are incorrect.

• WrongMan
Almost correct. Your upper dx limit needs to be 2.
i was doing that on a separate integral, since i get a square from 1<x<2 and 0<y<1, im suming both up, the one on here, and the double integral with bounds 1-2 on dx and 0 to 1 on dy.
I can do that right?

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i was doing that on a separate integral, since i get a square from 1<x<2 and 0<y<1, im suming both up, the one on here, and the double integral with bounds 1-2 on dx and 0 to 1 on dy.
I can do that right?
Please read SteamKing post #2 and also my edited post #3. Your boundary is a triangular shaped region. (See his graph). Also see my edited post #9.

• WrongMan
ohhh so i thought the lower limit was y=1 as shown in the pic. you are telling me its only the area marked (1) ?

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ohhh so i thought the lower limit was y=1 as shown in the pic. you are telling me its only the area marked (1) ?
Yes...The other calculation would make for an interesting exercise also, but it's not what the problem asked for... The lower limit is y=1, not y=0. With the new area, try to write out the limits. You're on the right track=you simply selected the wrong region...

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• WrongMan
I also realized i forgot to integrate y2 with respect to x getting y2x

One last question, when no lower bound is mentioned am i to take y=0 as a lower bound?

and just to check if i have this right, another problem states that the area is limited by y>=x2 and y<2x
so the lower limit on the dx integral would be y/2 and the upper would be square root of y. correct?
and the dy is from 0 to 2 ?

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I also realized i forgot to integrate y2 with respect to x getting y2x

One last question, when no lower bound is mentioned am i to take y=0 as a lower bound?

and just to check if i have this right, another problem states that the area is limited by y>=x2 and y<2x
so the lower limit on the dx integral would be y/2 and the upper would be square root of y. correct?
and the dy is from 0 to 2 ?
When you previously had ## y^2 ## there after the dx integral, I thought you might have already put ## y^2 x ## and evaluated it because your x limits were 0 and 1. For your problem where y<2x, draw the line y=2x and it is the region below it, and above the curve ## y=x^2 ##. It's a crescent shape between x=0 and x=2. The dy is from 0 to 4. (assuming you are doing dx first, yes I think you got te dx limits correct.)

• WrongMan
When you previously had ## y^2 ## there after the dx integral, I thought you might have already put ## y^2 x ## and evaluated it because your x limits were 0 and 1. For your problem where y<2x, draw the line y=2x and it is the region below it, and above the curve ## y=x^2 ##. It's a crescent shape between x=0 and x=2. The dy is from 0 to 4. (assuming you are doing dx first, yes I think you got te dx limits correct.)

oh yeah i meant dy 0 to 4 got mixed up there.

yeah i sketched it, and noticed that as dx "grew" it was limited by y=x^2 , and when dx" went to 0" it was limited by y=2x, so thats where i got lower bound y/2 and upper bound sqrt(y)

and yes for this set of problems i gotta do dx first, i dont get to chose.
I think im getting the hang of it. Thanks!

• SteamKing
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I also realized i forgot to integrate y2 with respect to x getting y2x

One last question, when no lower bound is mentioned am i to take y=0 as a lower bound?

and just to check if i have this right, another problem states that the area is limited by y>=x2 and y<2x
so the lower limit on the dx integral would be y/2 and the upper would be square root of y. correct?
and the dy is from 0 to 2 ?
Whew! That's a confusing way to describe the region of interest.

Let's just say that you draw the line y = 2x and the parabola y = x2.

You want the area of the region which is between the two curves, so along a line of constant x-value, y ≥ x2 and y < 2x

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I also realized i forgot to integrate y2 with respect to x getting y2x

One last question, when no lower bound is mentioned am i to take y=0 as a lower bound?

and just to check if i have this right, another problem states that the area is limited by y>=x2 and y<2x
so the lower limit on the dx integral would be y/2 and the upper would be square root of y. correct?
and the dy is from 0 to 2 ?

If no lower bound is mentioned there is no justification for taking y = 0 as a lower bound; basically -∞ is your lower bound, and that would make your integration come out infinite because the integration region is unbounded.

I think that the only reasonable interpretation of this problem is that the integration region is like a triangle with a curved hypotenuse, like the following shaded region. • WrongMan
Whew! That's a confusing way to describe the region of interest.

Let's just say that you draw the line y = 2x and the parabola y = x2.

You want the area of the region which is between the two curves, so along a line of constant x-value, y ≥ x2 and y < 2x

thats what i said... :D

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What does
##y=2x##​
have to do with anything in this problem?

What does
##y=2x##​
have to do with anything in this problem?

Nothing, sorry for the confusion.
I also realized i forgot to integrate y2 with respect to x getting y2x

One last question, when no lower bound is mentioned am i to take y=0 as a lower bound?

and just to check if i have this right, another problem states that the area is limited by y>=x2 and y<2x
so the lower limit on the dx integral would be y/2 and the upper would be square root of y. correct?
and the dy is from 0 to 2 4 ?

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