# find surface area of a donut

• Dec 2nd 2011, 02:44 PM
icelated
find surface area of a donut
I have a problem where i dont even know where to begin. Usually, when i post problems here i have something to show but this time i dont. Im sorry for that.

here is the problem
:

FInd the surface area of the torus (or donut) obtained by rotating the circle (x - b)2 + y2 = a2; (a < b) about the
y-axis.

would i do something like the Area of a surface of revolution theorem?:

$\displaystyle S = 2 \pi \int_a^b f(t) \sqrt {(dx/dt)^2 + (dy/dt)^2} dt$

if so i am not even sure what to do to get it into the form to put it into that formula?

Any help is appreciated since i am lost!!

Thank you
• Dec 2nd 2011, 11:25 PM
FernandoRevilla
Re: find surface area of a donut
Quote:

Originally Posted by icelated
FInd the surface area of the torus (or donut) obtained by rotating the circle (x - b)2 + y2 = a2; (a < b) about the y-axis.

Use the First Guldin Theorem: the surface area $\displaystyle S$ of a surface of revolution generated by the revolution of a curve about an external axis is equal to the product of the arc length $\displaystyle s$ of the generating curve and the distance $\displaystyle d$ traveled by the curve's geometric centroid $\displaystyle \bar{x}$ .
• Dec 3rd 2011, 09:09 AM
icelated
Re: find surface area of a donut
Quote:

Originally Posted by FernandoRevilla
Use the First Guldin Theorem:

Im not suppose to use pappus's theorem. When i googled First Guldin Theorem everything came back to pappus. What is First Guldin Theorem? =(