Find where C is the boundary of the triangle with the corners (0,0), (1,3), and (0,3). Mainly how do I find the limits of integration?

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- April 26th 2010, 03:29 PMSgraveyardGreens Theorem
Find where C is the boundary of the triangle with the corners (0,0), (1,3), and (0,3). Mainly how do I find the limits of integration?

- April 26th 2010, 06:14 PMdwsmith
- April 26th 2010, 11:52 PMmaddas
Why do you need Green's theorem?

- April 27th 2010, 02:03 AMHallsofIvy
The problem is a path integral around a closed path. It would not be difficult to integrate but, since the path is not smooth would require three different integrals. Green's theorem allows that to be done as a single integral over the region enclosed by the path.

Sgraveyard, as dwsmith suggested, first draw the picture. It is, of course, a triangle having (0, 0), (1, 3), and (0, 3) as vertices.

The limits of integration depend on the order of integration. If you decide to integrate with respect to y first, then x, you need to look at the smallest and largest possible values for x. They are, of course, 0 and 1. Now, draw a vertical line representing "x= constant". For each x, that line crosses the triangle at y= 3 above and on the line from (0, 0) to (1, 3) below. Write the equation for that line and solve for y. That will be the lower bound on the y-integral:

(You need to put in the "a" and "b".)

Or you could decide to integrate with respect to x first and then y, look at the smallest and largest values of y- they are clearly 0 and 3. Draw a horizontal line, representing y= constant. That will cross the triangle at x= 0 and on the line from (0,0) to (1, 3) on the right. Write the equation for that line and solve for x. That will be the upper bound on the x-integral: