Originally Posted by
olski1 HI,
I need to find the length of a spiral given by r(t) = pi*(t*cos(pi*t)i - t*sin(pi*t)j +t k) , from t=0 to t=3
I have been given the formula
integral (sqrt(a^2 + b^2*t^2)dt = 1/2*t*sqrt(a^2 + b^2*t^2) + (a^2/2b)*ln(b*t + sqrt(a^2 + b^2*t^2).
I proceeded to find dot product of tangent vectors
r'(t) . r'(t) = (pi*cos(pi*t) - pi^2*tsin(pi*t))^2 + pi^2(pi*t*cos(pi*t) + sin(pi*t)) +pi^2
However, now i have come unstuck, where do i go from here?
I was thinking about letting a^2 = (pi*cos(pi*t) - pi^2*tsin(pi*t))^2,
b^2= (pi*t*cos(pi*t) + sin(pi*t)) +1, t^2=pi^2
then substituting into the formula and solving t=3 and t=0
But i really have no idea where to get the parameters a , b , t from to use in the formula
Any help would be greatly appreciated.