# Calc 3 question - change of variables and computing the jacobian?

• Nov 25th 2012, 12:52 PM
nanji
Calc 3 question - change of variables and computing the jacobian?
The problem asks to use a change of variables compute the double integral of y4dA over R, where R is the region bounded by the hyperbolas xy=1 and xy=4 and the lines y/x=1 and y/x=3.
I was able to find that u=xy and v=y/x, and that u goes from 1 to 4 and v goes from 1 to 3. However, I can't compute the Jacobian determinant for the life of me! When I try to solve for x and y, I get expressions that have both u and v and x and y; I can't seem to isolate x and y. Please help me! Thanks.
• Nov 27th 2012, 07:22 AM
RBowman
Re: Calc 3 question - change of variables and computing the jacobian?
Looks like all you need is x = x(u,v), y = y(u,v).

Well try multiplying your two expressions together. That is,

u * v = (xy) * (y/x) = y2.

Similarly, dividing gives

u / v = (xy) / (y/x) = x2.

Now you have,

x = (u/v)1/2, y = (u*v)1/2.

Hope that's enough to get you on the right track. Let me know otherwise and I'll try and clear it up.