# Surface area of revolution

• Gauss177
In summary, the homework statement is to find the area of the surface obtained by rotating the curve about the x-axis. The attempt at a solution is to think that the integral must be setup correctly, but then figuring out how to solve it. The problem is x=e^2y, 0<=y<=1/2 rotated about y-axis. The integral is:\displaystyle{2\pi \int_{0}^{1/2} y \sqrt{1 + 4e^{4y}} \;dx} where the substitution of y for x and the use of trig substitutions reduces the problem to a square root function and then the use of a trig identity eliminates the square root

## Homework Statement

Find the area of the surface obtained by rotating the curve about the x-axis:
y=cos 2x, 0<=x<=pi/6

## Homework Equations

Surface area about the x-axis = Integral of 2pi * f(x) * sqrt(1+[f'(x)]^2) dx

## The Attempt at a Solution

I think I set up my integral correctly, so my problem is figuring out how to solve the integral. I have:

2pi * Integral of cos 2x * sqrt(1+4sin^2 2x) dx on [0, pi/6]

I can't figure out how to solve that. And can someone teach me how to use Latex for integrals so it looks better.

you integral in LaTeX is (hope I got it right):
$$\displaystyle{2\pi \int_{0}^{\pi/6} \cos 2x \sqrt{1+4\sin^2 2x} \;dx}$$

can be done in two stages (instructive way and require only substitution):
first use substitution to make the sq root looks like $$\sqrt{1+u^2}$$, in doing so you will find that the integrand has been simplified some what
then
do the u integral with trig substitution, and invoke trig identities to eliminate sq root, then...you should be fine... remember to fix up the limits accordingly.

Thanks mjsd.

I ran into another problem I'm having trouble with, this time with:

So, the integral is:

$$\displaystyle{2\pi \int_{0}^{1/2} y \sqrt{1 + 4e^{4y}} \;dx}$$

Here I don't think I can use trig substitutions because I can't get rid of the e. Thanks for your help

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given your data, I don't think you get such integral. the way it is given, it is much easier to interchange the dummy variable (x <-> y) and do the integral as usual. Draw a diagram if unsure. The resultant integral should be similar to previous one.

Gauss177 said:

## Homework Statement

Find the area of the surface obtained by rotating the curve about the x-axis:
y=cos 2x, 0<=x<=pi/6

## Homework Equations

Surface area about the x-axis = Integral of 2pi * f(x) * sqrt(1+[f'(x)]^2) dx

## The Attempt at a Solution

I think I set up my integral correctly, so my problem is figuring out how to solve the integral. I have:

2pi * Integral of cos 2x * sqrt(1+4sin^2 2x) dx on [0, pi/6]

I can't figure out how to solve that. And can someone teach me how to use Latex for integrals so it looks better.
This is cute. Let u= sin(2x). That will reduce to a square root function and then you use a trig substitution!
Gauss177 said:
Thanks mjsd.

I ran into another problem I'm having trouble with, this time with:

So, the integral is:

$$\displaystyle{2\pi \int_{0}^{1/2} y \sqrt{1 + 4e^{4y}} \;dx}$$

Here I don't think I can use trig substitutions because I can't get rid of the e. Thanks for your help
Don't confuse the variables. Since you are rotating around the y-axis, f(y)= e2y so your $2\pi f$ is $2\pi e^{2y}$, not y. And, of course, you are integrating with respect to y, not x.

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Hi, I have the exact same problem--finding the surface area of y=cos(2x) from 0,$$\pi$$/6 rotated about the x-axis.

I already did the substitution and trig substitution to get rid of the square root. But now I'm left with $$\pi$$ $$\int$$from 0, pi/6 of sec^3 of $$\theta$$ d$$\theta$$. I want to go back at the very end and replace everything so that I don't have to change the limits...but I'm stuck. I don't know if I did the work correctly so far, and if I did, how do I go on from here?

$$\pi \int^{\pi/6}_0 2 \cos (2x) \sqrt{1+4\sin^2 (2x)} dx$$. Let u= 2 sin (2x), then du = 4 cos (2x) dx. Let's ignore the limits of the integral and just switch back to the original variable at the end, because changing limits accordingly for this is not very fun. Anyway, so it becomes
$$\frac{\pi}{2} \int \sqrt{1+u^2} du$$.

Now geomajor, I'm guessing you let u= tan theta, in which case you would get the sec cubed integral. That integral is one of the more harder elementary integrals out there. Usually you repeat integration by parts on it twice, or If you get that integral as a separate question to start with you let u= tan theta to get back to the integral just above, then continue as such:

$$\int \sqrt{1+u^2} du$$
Let u= sinh t, then du = cosh t dt. Using the identity $\cosh^2 t - \sinh^2 = 1$ the new integral follows: $$\int \cosh^2 t dt$$.

now use the identity $\cosh^2 t = \frac{1+ \cosh (2t)}{2}$.

This last integral is very very easy, then just switch back to the original variable x, and plug in your limits as normal.

Thanks! In the end my work finally came together and made sense-yay! :)

## 1. What is the Surface Area of Revolution?

The surface area of revolution is the total area of a three-dimensional figure created by rotating a two-dimensional curve around an axis. This concept is widely used in mathematics and physics to calculate the surface area of objects such as cylinders, cones, and spheres.

## 2. How is the Surface Area of Revolution Calculated?

The surface area of revolution is typically calculated using integration. The formula involves taking the integral of the curve's equation multiplied by the circumference of the rotating axis. This process can be complex, so it is often done using software or online calculators.

## 3. What is the Difference between the Surface Area of Revolution and the Surface Area of a Solid?

The surface area of revolution only takes into account the curved surface of the figure, while the surface area of a solid includes both the curved and flat surfaces. This means that the surface area of revolution will always be smaller than the surface area of a solid with the same dimensions.

## 4. Can the Surface Area of Revolution be Negative?

No, the surface area of revolution cannot be negative. Since it is a measure of the total area of a figure, it will always be a positive value. However, the sign of the result may change depending on the orientation of the curve and the axis of rotation.

## 5. What Real-Life Applications Use the Surface Area of Revolution?

The surface area of revolution has many practical applications in fields such as engineering, architecture, and physics. It is used to calculate the surface area of objects like pipes, bottles, and wheels. It is also used in the design and construction of structures such as domes and arches.

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