1. ## Greens Theorem

How would I use Green's Theorem to prove this area integral?

2. ## Re: Greens Theorem

Originally Posted by sdsu619

How would I use Green's Theorem to prove this area integral?
It is a known deduction of Green's Theorem that, for an area of a disc in a plane,

$\displaystyle A = \frac{1}{2}\oint_D xdy-ydx$

Find an expression of x and y in terms of $r=f(\theta)$. and substitute into this equation. The only problem with this method is that this does not use Green's theorem directly, only a major consequence of it. but is probably still valid.

For $r=3\sin{2\theta}$,

$\displaystyle A = \frac{1}{2}\int_0^{\pi/2} r^2 d\theta = \frac{1}{2}\int_0^{\pi/2} (3\sin{2\theta})^2 d\theta = \frac{9}{2}\int_0^{\pi/2}\sin^2 2\theta d\theta = \frac{9}{2}\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{1-cos4\theta}{2}d\theta =$