Does anyone know how to solve x(5-x)^(1/2) about the x axis using the disk method?

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- Apr 10th 2012, 03:26 PMcrzyberzu123Disk Method about the x axis
Does anyone know how to solve x(5-x)^(1/2) about the x axis using the disk method?

- Apr 10th 2012, 03:47 PMskeeterRe: Disk Method about the x axis
- Apr 10th 2012, 04:06 PMcrzyberzu123Re: Disk Method about the x axis
Would you set the equation equal to x so that you could make everything in terms of y?

- Apr 10th 2012, 11:35 PMearbothRe: Disk Method about the x axis
May I re-write the question as I understand it?:

Determine the volume when the area, enclosed by the x-axis and the graph of $\displaystyle y = x \cdot \sqrt{5-x}$, rotates about the x-axis.

The volume is composed by cylindrical discs whose radius is y and whose height is dx. The volume of one of these discs is calculated by:

$\displaystyle V_{single\ disc} = \pi \cdot y^2 \cdot dx$

The complete volume of the solid is the sum of all those discs:

$\displaystyle V=\int (\pi \cdot y^2)dx$

Plug in the term of y and determine the borders of the area and you'll get the equation skeeter has posted.