# Surface Area of a Solid of Revolution

Ki-nana18

## Homework Statement

Find the area of the surface generated when you rotate the parabola y=x2 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to the square root of k, around the y-axis. You should end up with a simple formula in terms of the constant k.

## Homework Equations

S=2$$\pi$$$$\int$$yds

## The Attempt at a Solution

I suspect that the simple formula is the volume of a sphere. I got all the way to applying the fundamental theorem of calculus and so far I have 2pi[((12(square root of k)+3)/(18))^(3/2)-(1/12)]

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## Homework Statement

Find the area of the surface generated when you rotate the parabola y=x2 0 less than or equal to x less than or equal to the square root of k, around the y-axis. You should end up with a simple formula in terms of the constant k.

## Homework Equations

S=2$$\pi$$$$\int$$yds

## The Attempt at a Solution

I suspect that the simple formula is the volume of a sphere. I got all the way to applying the fundamental theorem of calculus and so far I have 2pi[((12(square root of k)+3)/(18))^(3/2)-(1/12)]

Your setup is incorrect because the radius of rotation should be x, not y. But I'm curious why you would think the answer for surface area would give a volume? And of a sphere?

Ki-nana18
Well I figured since I am rotating around the y-axis I would have the equation set up as x=$$\sqrt{}y$$.

Well I figured since I am rotating around the y-axis I would have the equation set up as x=$$\sqrt{}y$$.