# Spherical Coordinates Triple Integral

I thought this question was elementary... but I apparently know less than I thought I did.

## Homework Statement

Use spherical coordinates to evaluate $$\iiint_{E} x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}dV$$
Where E is the ball $$x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}\leq 16$$

## Homework Equations

$$x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}=\rho^{2}$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

$$\int^{2\pi}_{0}\int^{\pi}_{0}\int^{4}_{0}\left(\rho^{2}\right)\rho Sin \left( \phi \right) d\rho d\phi d\theta = 256\pi$$

which is apparently incorrect. Where am I going wrong?

Hootenanny
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I thought this question was elementary... but I apparently know less than I thought I did.

## Homework Statement

Use spherical coordinates to evaluate $$\iiint_{E} x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}dV$$
Where E is the ball $$x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}\leq 16$$

## Homework Equations

$$x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}=\rho^{2}$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

$$\int^{2\pi}_{0}\int^{\pi}_{0}\int^{4}_{0}\left(\rho^{2}\right)\rho Sin \left( \phi \right) d\rho d\phi d\theta = 256\pi$$

which is apparently incorrect. Where am I going wrong?
You may want to check your volume element .

You may want to check your volume element .

Am I blind? I don't understand.

You may want to check your volume element .

$$\left(\rho^{3}\right) \rho$$ instead of $$\left(\rho^{2} \right) \rho$$ gets me the right answer... but why?

$$\left(\rho^{3}\right) \rho$$ instead of $$\left(\rho^{2} \right) \rho$$ gets me the right answer... but why?

Oh... 