
Surface area problem
I have a study guide with a couple problems like this, but I'll just post one and try to go from there. It isn't the actual integration that's giving me trouble but just the setting up of the integral.
"Find the area of the following surface: the part of the paraboloid x=y^2+z^2 that lies inside the cylinder y^2+z^2=9"
So i understand i have to parameterize somehow, and i understand the the surface area is the double integral of the magnitude of the cross product of the two partial derivatives of that parameterization. But I don't know how to set it up.

Re: Surface area problem
Yes, you have to parameterize the paraboloid surface. And looking at that $\displaystyle y^2+ z^2$, I would think of using "cylindrical coordinates" but with the polar coordinates part in the yzplane rather than the xyplane. That is, take x as a parameter and $\displaystyle \theta$ as the other parameter with $\displaystyle y= x^{1/2}cos(\theta)$, $\displaystyle z= x^{1/2}sin(\theta)$ so that $\displaystyle y^2+ z^2= (x^{1/2}cos(\theta))^2+ (x^{1/2}sin(\theta))^2= x$ as required.
The condition that the surface be inside the cylinder $\displaystyle y^2+ z^2= 9$ just means that we must have $\displaystyle x= y^2+ z^2\le 9$. Your integral will be for $\displaystyle \theta$ from 0 to $\displaystyle 2\pi$, x from 0 to 9.