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Area in Polar Coordinates. Objective: To find areas of regions that are bounded by polar curves. Area of Polar Coordinates. We will begin our investigation of area in polar coordinates with a simple case. Area of Polar Coordinates.

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area in polar coordinates

Area in Polar Coordinates

Objective: To find areas of regions that are bounded by polar curves.

area of polar coordinates
Area of Polar Coordinates
  • We will begin our investigation of area in polar coordinates with a simple case.
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • In rectangular coordinates we obtained areas under curves by dividing the region into an increasing number of vertical strips, approximating the strips by rectangles, and taking a limit. In polar coordinates rectangles are clumsy to work with, and it is better to divide the region into wedges by using rays.
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • As shown in the figure, the rays divide the region R into n wedges with areas A1, A2,…An and central angles . The area of the entire region can be written as
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • If is small, then we can approximate the area of the kth wedge by the area of a sector with central angle and radius where is any ray that lies in the kth wedge. Thus, the area of the sector is
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • If we now increase n in such a way that max , then the sectors will become better and better approximations of the wedges and it is reasonable to expect that the approximation will approach the exact value.
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • This all leads to the following.
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Area of Polar Coordinates
  • The hardest part of this is determining the limits of integration. This is done as follows:
example 1
Example 1
  • Find the area of the region in the first quadrant that is within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.
example 11
Example 1
  • Find the area of the region in the first quadrant that is within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.
  • The region and a typical radial line are shown. For the radial line to sweep out the region, q must vary from 0 to p/2. So we have
example 2
Example 2
  • Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.
example 21
Example 2
  • Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.
  • For the radial line to sweep out the entire cardioid, q must vary from 0 to 2p. So we have
example 22
Example 2
  • Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.
  • For the radial line to sweep out the entire cardioid, q must vary from 0 to 2p. So we have
  • We can also look at it this way.
example 3
Example 3
  • Find the area of the region enclosed by the rose curve r = cos2q.
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Example 3
  • Find the area of the region enclosed by the rose curve r = cos2q.
  • Using symmetry, the area in the first quadrant that is swept out for 0 <q<p/4 is 1/8 of the total area.
example 4
Example 4
  • Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = 4 + 4 cosq and outside of the circle r = 6.
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Example 4
  • Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = 4 + 4 cosq and outside of the circle r = 6.
  • First, we need to find the bounds.
example 42
Example 4
  • Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = 4 + 4 cosq and outside of the circle r = 6.
  • The area of the region can be obtained by subtracting the areas in the figures below.
homework
Homework
  • Pages 744-745
  • 1-15 odd
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