# Volume of an ellipsoid using double integrals

## Homework Statement

Using double integrals, calculate the volume of the solid bound by the ellipsoid:

x²/a² + y²/b² + z²/c² = 1

2. Relevant data

must be done using double integrals

## The Attempt at a Solution

i simply can't find a way to solve this by double integrals, i did with triple integral, but my teacher won't accept it, this is the last question and i can't find a solution for it, a step-by-step would be awsome.

Thanks.

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Simon Bridge
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If it were a solid of rotation you could do it in a single-integral right?
Basically you have to use reasoning in the place of one of the integrals ...

Find the volume between $$z=c^2\left ( 1-\frac{x^2}{a^2}-\frac{y^2}{b^2} \right )$$ and the x-y plane.

mfb
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i simply can't find a way to solve this by double integrals, i did with triple integral, but my teacher won't accept it, this is the last question and i can't find a solution for it, a step-by-step would be awsome.
The first integration in the triple integral is trivial, and afterwards you get a double-integral - you can use this double-integral (ignoring the first step) to solve the problem.

HallsofIvy
Essentially the same idea: projecting the ellipsoid to the xy-plane (z= 0) gives the ellipse $x^2/a^2+ y^2/b^2= 1$. The two heights at each (x, y) point are $z= \pm c\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2- y^2/b^2}$. The difference, $2c\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2- y^2/b^2}$, is the length of thin rectangle above that point and is the function to be integrated. For each x, The ellipse goes from $y= -b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}$ to $y= b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}$. And, over all, x goes from -a to a. The volume of the ellipse is given by
$$\int_{-a}^a\int_{-b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}}^{b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}} 2c\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2- y^2/b^2} dydx$$.
$$\int_{-a}^a\int_{-b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}}^{b\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2}}\int_{-c\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2- y^2/b^2}}^{c\sqrt{1- x^2/a^2- y^2/b^2}} dzdydx$$