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    Calculate flux across a curve. Would like my solution checked please

    $\displaystyle F=(x^{2}+y^{3})i+(2xy)j$

    Curve $\displaystyle C:x^{2}+y^{2}=9$

    $\displaystyle x=3cos(t)$, $\displaystyle y=3sin(t)$; $\displaystyle 0\leq t \leq 2\pi$

    So then:

    $\displaystyle F=(9cos^{2}(t)+27sin^{3}(t))i+(18cos(t)sin(t))j$

    $\displaystyle M=9cos^{2}(t)+27sin^{3}(t)$

    $\displaystyle N=18cos(t)sin(t)$

    $\displaystyle dx=-3sin(t)$

    $\displaystyle dy=3cos(t)$

    $\displaystyle Flux=\displaystyle \int^{2\pi}_{0}(Mdy-Ndx)dt$

    $\displaystyle Flux=\displaystyle \int^{2\pi}_{0}(27cos^{3}(t)+81sin^{3}(t)cos(t)-54sin^{2}(t)cos(t))dt$

    So, then I just did the integral part by part

    $\displaystyle \displaystyle 27 \int^{2\pi}_{0}cos^{3}(t)dt$

    $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{81}{4} \int^{2\pi}_{0}(cos(t)+cos(3t))dt$

    $\displaystyle \displaystyle \frac{81}{4}[sin(t)]|^{2\pi}_{0}+\frac{81}{12}[sin(3t)]|^{2\pi}_{0}=>\frac{81}{4}(0-0)+\frac{81}{12}(0-0)=0$

    $\displaystyle \displaystyle \int^{2\pi}_{0}81sin^{3}(t)dt$

    $\displaystyle u=sin(t)$ $\displaystyle du=cos(t)dt$

    $\displaystyle \displaystyle 81 \int^{2\pi}_{0}u^{3}du$

    $\displaystyle \frac{81}{4}[sin^{4}(t)]|^{2\pi}_{0}=>\frac{81}{4}(0-0)=0$

    $\displaystyle -54 \displaystyle\int^{2\pi}_{0}sin^{2}(t)cos(t))dt$

    $\displaystyle u=sin(t)$ $\displaystyle du=cos(t)dt$

    $\displaystyle -54 \displaystyle\int^{2\pi}_{0}u^{2}(t)du$

    $\displaystyle \frac{-54}{3}[sin^{3}(t)]|^{2\pi}_{0}=>\frac{-54}{3}(0-0)=0$

    So, that means that:

    $\displaystyle Flux=\displaystyle \int^{2\pi}_{0}(27cos^{3}(t)+81sin^{3}(t)cos(t)-54sin^{2}(t)cos(t))dt=0$

    Did, I do the problem wrong or something? I'd hate to think I did all of this work for the answer to just be 0...
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    You are correct here. Integrals measure area across plane(s) and a curve doesn't have any area to it. Therefore it makes sense that the answer would be zero.
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