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    Line Integral over Curve

    Calculate \int_{C} z dx+x dy+y dz

    where C is the curve obtained by intersecting surfaces z=x^2 and x^2+y^2=4, oriented so that the z-coordinate increases along C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritaserum2002 View Post
    Calculate \int_{C} z dx+x dy+y dz

    where C is the curve obtained by intersecting surfaces z=x^2 and x^2+y^2=4, oriented so that the z-coordinate increases along C.
    That C has to be "oriented so that the z-coordinate increases along C" is a ridiculous requirement that cannot be satisfied generally, because C is a closed curve. So moving along C we may see the z-coordinates increase, only to see them necessarily decrease later on.
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    x^2+ y^2= 4 is a circle with center at the origin and radius 2. A standard parmeterization is x= 2cos(\theta) y= 2sin(\theta). z= x^2, then, becomes z= 4cos^2(\theta).

    That is, a parameterization of the path is x= 2cos(\theta), y= 2sin(\theta), z= 4cos^2(\theta).

    However, as veritaserum2002 said, in going around that curve, in either direction, the z value, as well as both x and y values, both increase and decrease so "oriented so that the z-coordinate increases along C" makes no sense.

    The "positive orientation" for this curve, the orientation so that the "oriented surfaces" (normal axis pointing in the positive z direction) were "on the left" as you move around the curve, is with \theta going from 0 to 2\pi
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