Volume of Ellipse No idea how to do this

1. Oct 9, 2008

ruri

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Rotating the ellipse x^2/a^2 + y^2/b^2 = 1 about the x-axis generates and ellipsoid. Compute its volume.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Oct 9, 2008

grief

You can do it several ways. One way to do it is to observe that if you rotate only the upper half of the ellipse you still get the same ellipsoid. Then slice it vertically. What is the positive value of y for each x? The rotation of each slice will be a disc. Integrate the volume of the discs to get the entire volume of the ellipsoid.