# Evaluating integral...

• Nov 18th 2008, 11:09 PM
iwonder
Evaluating integral...
How to use cylindrical or spherical coordinates as appropriate to evaluate the integral:

∫ z^2/(x^2+y^2+z^2) dV
E

where E is the top half of a sphere of radius a>0 that is centered at the origin.

• Nov 20th 2008, 09:58 AM
iwonder
I came up with this...
http://www.sosmath.com/CBB/latexrend...8269483876.gif
Is this correct?
• Nov 20th 2008, 10:25 AM
Moo
Hello,

Hmmm I'm finding $\cos^2(\phi)$ instead of $\cos(\phi)$

Also, there is that coefficient, 2, disturbing me. We once calculated the dxdydz, and my friend found this coefficient. I wasn't able to find the mistake in either of our two computations.
But in the wikipedia, there isn't this coefficient.

As for the boundaries of your integral, it depends on how you define $\theta$ and $\phi$
• Nov 20th 2008, 08:54 PM
elizsimca
Quote:

Originally Posted by Moo

As for the boundaries of your integral, it depends on how you define $\theta$ and $\phi$

$\theta$ is the polar $\theta$ and $\phi$ is the angle of opening from the z-axis. So $\phi$ from 0 to $\frac{\pi}{2}$ would be like a coffee filter completely closed up along the z-axis and then blossoming outward and to rest on the xy-plane.

In regards to the question, I'm confused about where the 2 is coming from as well...I will ponder this a little more. Any insight into how you came up with the 2? I'm just not seeing it.
• Nov 20th 2008, 09:13 PM
elizsimca
Quote:

Originally Posted by iwonder
I came up with this...
http://www.sosmath.com/CBB/latexrend...8269483876.gif
Is this correct?

Your limits of integration are fine, but remember that from rectangular to polar $z=\rho\cos{\phi}$ and $x^2+y^2+z^2=\rho^2$. So $\frac{z^2}{x^2+y^2+z^2}=\frac{\rho^2\cos^2{\phi}}{ \rho^2}=\cos^2{\phi}$.

So, then the integral becomes $\int_0^{2\pi}\int_0^a\int_0^\frac{\pi}{2}\rho^2\co s^2\phi\sin\phi d\phi d\rho d\theta$

Perhaps your two came from a trig identity, I'm too tired to think about it..if it came from an identity then it's fine.

Also, I have my integration in a little bit different order than you, but since we are in spherical coordinates and the sphere is centered at the origin we can flip the integration limits arbitrarily.

I think this is all correct...good luck
• Nov 20th 2008, 09:31 PM
iwonder
So, is the first limit of integration from 0 to 2/pi or 2pi?
just wanna make sure, thankyou so much!
• Nov 20th 2008, 09:42 PM
elizsimca
Quote:

Originally Posted by iwonder
So, is the first limit of integration from 0 to 2/pi or 2pi?
just wanna make sure, thankyou so much!

Should be zero to (2*pi) bad latex! I will edit to avoid confusion. sorry about that!
• Nov 20th 2008, 09:46 PM
iwonder
It's okay, thanks elizsimca so much!!!!