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    find the area of double integral over R dxdy enclosed by the polar curve r(t) = 2 + sin (10t) where t ranges from 0 to 2pi.

    i used the method integral (magnitude of r'(t)) over t= 0 to 2pi..

    but it was wrong..may i know why?
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    I think the correct formula is \frac{1}{2}\int_0^{2\pi}\mid{r}\mid^2\ d\theta.

    To do the integral, you'll need the identity \sin^2(x)=\frac{1}{2}(1-\cos{2x}).

    To check your answer, the result should be roughly the area of a circle with radius 2, which, of course, is 4\pi.

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    may i know how you got that formula?
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    If you look at a small piece of the graph, it is a sector of a circle (the shape of a slice of pie). The angle at the origin is d\theta, and the radius is \mid{r}\mid. Since the angle at the origin for a whole circle is 2\pi, our wedge shape is d\theta/2\pi of a circle. Since the area of a circle is \pi\mid{r}\mid^2, the area of the wedge is (d\theta/2\pi)(\pi\mid{r}\mid^2)=\frac{1}{2}\mid{r}\mid^2\ d\theta. That explains the integrand.

    Our curve r=2+\sin{10\theta} is traced by \theta going from 0 to 2\pi, so that explains the limits of integration.

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