Let C be the portion of the curve y = 2*sqrt(x) between (1,2) and (9,6) (explination is more important than the answer)

Find

Printable View

- Nov 16th 2006, 04:26 PMRanger SVOVertor Line intergral
Let C be the portion of the curve y = 2*sqrt(x) between (1,2) and (9,6) (explination is more important than the answer)

Find - Nov 16th 2006, 06:50 PMThePerfectHacker
When I see the $\displaystyle ds$ I take that to mean the line intetgral with $\displaystyle \sqrt{[x'(t)]^2+[y'(t)]^2}$

First we have to parametrize the curve,

If you let,

$\displaystyle x=t$ and $\displaystyle y=2\sqrt{t}$

$\displaystyle 1\leq t\leq 9$

Thus,

$\displaystyle \sqrt{[x'(t)]^2+[y'(t)]^2}=\sqrt{1+(3\sqrt{t})^2}=\sqrt{1+9t^2}$

Thus,

$\displaystyle \int_C 2yds=\int_1^9 t\sqrt{1+9t^2}dt$

But, this integral is easy to evaluate, use substitution,

$\displaystyle u=1+9t^2$ - Nov 16th 2006, 11:03 PMtopsquark

Good explanation, but a few mistakes.

Let $\displaystyle x = t$ and $\displaystyle y = 2 \sqrt{t}$.

Then

$\displaystyle ds = \sqrt{x'^2 + y'^2}dt = \sqrt{1 + \frac{1}{t}}dt$

So

$\displaystyle \int_C3yds = \int_1^9 3 \cdot 2 \sqrt{t} \sqrt{1 + \frac{1}{t}}dt$

= $\displaystyle 6 \int_1^9 \sqrt{t + 1}dt$

-Dan