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    Having Trouble with Rotation

    Find the volume of the solid that results when the region above the x-axis and below the curve (a>0,b>0) is revolved about the x-axis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PD1337 View Post
    Find the volume of the solid that results when the region above the x-axis and below the curve (a>0,b>0) is revolved about the x-axis.
    So you want to know the volume that results from rotating that ellipse around the x-axis. First, solve for y, this gives you that y=\pm \frac{b}{a}\sqrt{a^2-x^2}.
    You'll need only the + case. Given that, the volume of rotation is

    V = 2\pi \cdot \int_0^a \left(\frac{b}{a}\sqrt{a^2-x^2}\right)^2\, dx
    I have taken 2\pi\cdot\int_0^a\ldots\, dx instead of \pi\cdot\int_{-a}^a\ldots\,dx just to slightly simplify the evaluation of the resulting anti-derivative at the lower limit of the integral.
    Now you just evaluate that integral and get

    V=2\pi\int_0^a\frac{b^2}{a^2}(a^2-x^2)\, dx=\ldots = \frac{4\pi ab^2}{3}

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