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    Question integration...should i use polar transformation?

    Evaluate \iint\limits_R \frac{1}{(1 + x^2 + y^2)^\frac{3}{2}} dx dy
    where  R is the region bounded by the straight lines  y=0 , x=1 , y=x

    if i use polar transformation, what will be the ranges of integration? or is there any way other than polar transformation?
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    I think I'd stay in cartesian coordinates for this one. What is your integral, including limits?
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    writing in terms of limits, the integration becomes  \int_0^1\int_0^x \frac{1}{(1 + x^2 + y^2)^\frac{3}{2}} dy dx

    how to evaluate this?
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    Right. So the y indefinite integral is of the form

    \displaystyle\int\frac{dy}{(a^{2}+y^{2})^{3/2}}.

    How would you compute that antiderivative?
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    we substitute  y = a \tan\theta , which gives the final value of the above integral as  \frac{1}{a^2}\sin y , ie, \frac{sin x}{1+x^2} . right?? then what?
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    I think you may have skipped too many steps there. I agree with the substitution, but I get a different result. How do the integrand and differential change with your trig substitution?
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    we substitute  y = a \tan\theta , which gives the final value of the above integral as  \frac{1}{a^2} \frac{y}{\sqrt{y^2+a^2}} . ok? that is  \frac{x}{(1+x^2)(\sqrt{1+2x^2})} . right??
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    The final result is correct. So, now what? You've got

    \displaystyle\int_{0}^{1}\frac{x}{(1+x^2)(\sqrt{1+  2x^2})}\,dx.

    Ideas?
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    here we substitute  x^2 = z then  1 + 2z = t^2 this gives us the final result as  \arctan\sqrt{2x^2 + 1} . am i right?
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    Not sure I'm following your steps here. The final result is incorrect, actually. It should be arctan.
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    ya...sorry..it will be tan inverse....just a little typing mistake.....sorry for that

    i have made the correction in the previous post. so the answer comes to be \arctan \sqrt{3} = \frac{\pi}{3}
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    Don't forget the lower limit.
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    oooops....so much silly mistakes...... yeah. the answer is then  \frac{\pi}{3}-\frac{\pi}{4} = \frac{\pi}{12}.....

    many many thanks:d
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    There you go. Nice work.

    One way to avoid silly mistakes is to pretend that someone is holding a gun to your temple, and if you make a mistake, he's going to pull the trigger. Or, you could work at a high-energy physics lab, with all those 10,000V wires running around. If you make a mistake, you're dead.

    So there are some nice, cheerful ways to avoid mistakes.
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