# Help please!! - Volume using method of cylindrical shells

• Mar 13th 2008, 12:11 PM
sgares
Help please!! - Volume using method of cylindrical shells
Use the method of cylindrical shells to find the volume of the solid obtained by rotating the region bounded by y = 6sqrt(x) and y = 6x^2 about the y axis.
I keep getting ~9.425 which is wrong, but I'm not sure why yet!
Here is how I come to my answer time and time again...
S = integral sign loL
V = S 2pi(x(6sqrt(x) - 6x^2))
V = 2pi S (6x - 6x^3)
V = 2pi [3x^2 - (3/2)x^4] from 0-1
V = 9.4248
• Mar 13th 2008, 12:25 PM
Soroban
Hello, sgares!

Your algebra is off . . .

Quote:

Use the method of cylindrical shells to find the volume of the solid obtained
by rotating the region bounded by $y \:= \:6\sqrt{x}\text{ and }y \:= \:6x^2$ about the y-axis.

Your set-up is correct . . .

$V \;=\;2\pi\int^1_0x\left(6x^{\frac{1}{2}} - 6x^2\right)\,dx$

But this is: . $V \;=\;12\pi\int^1_0\left(x^{\frac{3}{2}} - x^3\right)\,dx$

. . . Try it now . . .

• Mar 13th 2008, 12:27 PM
galactus
Your set up seems correct. I think you just have an arithmetic error towards the end.

$2{\pi}\int_{0}^{1}\left[x(6\sqrt{x}-6x^{2})\right]dx=\frac{9{\pi}}{5}\approx{5.65}$
• Mar 13th 2008, 12:48 PM
sgares
Haha wow! Embarrassing... thank goodness I didn't go to the engineering tutor center for this! This site seriously is the internets. Bookmarked for life.

Thanks so much btw! :D)<