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    volume of solid revolution

    Hi I just need a check on if the answer I got is correct.
    "Find the volume of the solid obtained by rotating the region between y = \frac {1}{x}, with 1  \leq x  \leq 2, about the y-axis"

    y(1) = 1
    y(2) =  \frac{1}{2}
    x =  \frac{1}{y}

    \pi \int (from 1 to  \frac {1}{2}) , \frac{1}{y^2} dy + \int(from \frac{1}{2} to 0)  2^2 dy
    = \pi [-\frac{1}{y}]\frac{1}{\frac{1}{2}} + 2^2[y] \frac{\frac{1}{2}}{0}
    = \pi [ -1 + 2 + 2]
    = 3\pi

    Any help would be great thanks.
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    Integrate with respect to x and you only have to calculate one integral (for cylindrical shells).

    Alternatively, your method is fine if you either now calculate and remove a central cylindar (radius one around the y axis) or go back and adust the integrands so that your Reimann strips aren't coming right down to the wire (the y axis) but only to x = 1, and so that they rotate to form washers instead of disks. (Look again at your sketch.)
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    .. + 2^2[y] \frac{\frac{1}{2}}{0}
    So that would become:
    + 1^2[y] \frac{\frac{1}{2}}{0}
    because of 2-1=1 right?
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    Make that:

    ... + [4y] _0^{\frac{1}{2}}

    would become:

    + [3y] _0^{\frac{1}{2}}

    because of 2^2 -1^2 = 3

    Re-write the lot to see clearly

    And see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_integration
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