Calculus

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Suppose that the region between the x-axis and the curve y=e^-x for x>=0 has been revolved around the x-axis. Find the surface area of the solid.

I got 3*pi
The book shows an answer of pi * [sqrt(2) + ln(1 + sqrt(2))]

Where do I go wrong? For the sides of the surface, I integrated 2*pi*e^-x over [0,inf] and got 2*pi. Then for the base of the surface, I pi*(e^0)^2 = 2*pi.

  1. bobpursley

    No, I don't see how you integrated that against x.

    find a differential piece of the curve ds, so 2PI y ds is the surface area. Now change ds to dx, dy, where ds^2=dx^2+dy^2

    Notice that dy=-y dx so
    ds^2= dx^2 +Y^2 dx^2 = (1+y^2) dx^2

    or ds=sqrt (1+y^2) dx
    Now integrate with respect to x.

    area= INT 2PI e^-x (1+e^-2x) dx from x=1 to inf

    see if that helps.
    Check my thinking, I haven't integrated it to check.

  2. mathstudent

    Thank you bobpursley.

    My surface area integral was bad.

    I was incorrectly assuming
    S = Int 2*pi*f(x) dx

    I read through proof. It is
    S = Int 2*pi*f(x)*sqrt(1+(dy/dx)^2) dx

    Thanks!

  3. babu

    Gas is escaping from a spherical balloon at the rate of 2ft3/min. How fast is the
    surface area shrinking when the radius is 2ft?

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