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Homework Help: Solids of Revolution Problem

  1. Sep 2, 2008 #1
    1. Find the volume of the solid generated by revolving the region bounded by the x-axis and one arch of the cycloid x=theta-sin(theta), y=1-cos(theta) around the x-axis.

    2. hint:dV=(pi)y^2 dx

    3. So far I have been unable to solve for theta so that I can form a relationship between the two equations. I don't believe that solving the x= equation for theta can be done, and the integral that I come up with if I solve the y= equation for theta and substitute it into the x= equation is so unwieldy that I don't believe it is the right one. Besides, the shape is revolving around the x-axis, so I should have a y= equation in order to proceed with solving this problem in the way that I was taught. Any help is much appreciated!
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  3. Sep 2, 2008 #2


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    dV= (pi)y^2 dx. y= 1- cos(theta) and, since x= theta- sin(theta), dx= [1- cos(theta)]dtheta.
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