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    Find the area inside r= 3 Cos[x] and outside of r= 1 + Cos[x]
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    Hello, camherokid!

    Find the area inside r \,= \,3\cos x and outside r \:= \:1 + \cos x
    I hope you made a sketch . . .

     r\:=\:3\cos x is a circle with center \left(\frac{3}{2},\,0\right) and radius r = \frac{3}{2}

    r\:=\:1 + \cos x is a cardioid with intercepts: (2,\,0),\: \left(1,\,\frac{\pi}{2}\right),\:\left(1,\,\frac{3  \pi}{2}\right)
    . . and "dimples in" to the origin from the left.


    The polar formula for the area between two curves is: . A \;=\;\frac{1}{2}\int^{\beta}_{\alpha}\left(r_{_2}^  2 - r_{_1}^2\right)\,d\theta

    The curves intersect when: . 3\cos x \;=\;1 + \cos x\quad\Rightarrow\quad 2\cos x \:=\:1\quad\Rightarrow\quad \cos x \:=\:\frac{1}{2}
    . . Hence, they intersect at: . \theta \:=\:\pm\frac{\pi}{3}

    Therefore: . A \;=\;\frac{1}{2}\int^{\frac{\pi}{3}}_{-\frac{\pi}{3}}\bigg[(3\cos\theta)^2 - (1 + \cos x)^2\bigg]\,d\theta

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    Quote Originally Posted by camherokid View Post
    Find the area inside r= 3 Cos[x] and outside of r= 1 + Cos[x]
    We will use the formula:

    A = \int_{ \alpha}^{ \beta} \frac {1}{2} (r_o^2 - r_i^2)~dx

    where A is the area between the curves r_o and r_i, \alpha and \beta are the limits of integration (the points of intersection), r_o is the outer curve, and r_i is the inner curve.

    First find the points of intersection:

    this is where 3 \cos x = 1 + \cos x

    \Rightarrow \cos x = \frac {1}{2}

    \Rightarrow x = \frac {\pi}{3}, \frac {5 \pi}{3}

    we want to go from \frac {5 \pi}{3} to \frac {\pi}{3}, but we must go from a smaller angle to a bigger angle. changing \frac {5 \pi}{3} to - \frac {\pi}{3} fixes this problem. so our area is given by:

    A = \int_{- \pi / 3}^{ \pi / 3} \frac {1}{2} \left[  (3 \cos x)^2 - (1 + \cos x )^2 \right]~dx

    EDIT: Beaten by Soroban! any way, that's ok. I'm a bit rusty on polar areas, so it's good to have a confirmation that I did the right thing. Soroban, can you check the other posts camherokid put up today and make sure I didn't make any mistakes
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    Quote Originally Posted by camherokid View Post
    Find the area inside r= 3 Cos[x] and outside of r= 1 + Cos[x]
    the graph
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