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Stoke's theorem

  1. Apr 24, 2007 #1

    Calculate the line integral F*T ds around C where

    F=(-xz-2y,x^2-yz,z^2+1) and

    C is the boundary curve between the cylinder x^2+Y^2=1 and the top half of the sphere X^2+Y^2+z^2=10.

    My work:

    Surely I'm supposed to use Stoke's theorem here. First I replace x^2+y^2 with 1 in the sphere equation, to find that C lies in the plane z=3.

    Then I need the normal unit vector. But how do I find that?

    Is it simply the partial of the surface eq. f(x,y,z)=x^2+y^2+z^2-10=0?
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  3. Apr 24, 2007 #2
    Isn't it just a circle on the plane z=3? Or am I missing something?
  4. Apr 25, 2007 #3


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    Are you really required to use Stoke's theorem? As Glass said, the boundary curve is just the circle x2+ y2= 1 with z= 3. It should be easy to integrate F around that boundary directly.

    However, it is true that the gradient (which I presume is what you mean by "partial of surface") of x^2+y^2+z^2-10 is normal to that surface. It may not be a "unit" normal though.
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