# Math Help - Surface Area

1. ## Surface Area

Find the area of the surface obtained by rotating the circle x^2 + y^2 = a^2 about the line y=a.

The y=a confuses me. What's the answer?

2. Originally Posted by jamessmith
The y=a confuses me. What's the answer?

Did ya at least give it a shot?

Nothing has changed here. Note that this is a circle with radius a (So... wherre will y=a be?). Also, when you differentiate, treat a like the constant that it is.

You can do this.

3. Originally Posted by jamessmith
Find the area of the surface obtained by rotating the circle x^2 + y^2 = a^2 about the line y=a.

The y=a confuses me. What's the answer?
Translate everything down by $a$ units. Therefore rotate $x^2 + (y + a)^2 = a^2$ around the x-axis (I assume you know the formula for doing this).