Calculus still confused
posted by Tracy .
Find the length in the first quadrant of the circle described by the polar equation
r=(2 sin theta)+(4 cos theta)
A. (sqrt2)(pi)
B. (sqrt5)(pi)
C. (2)(pi)
D. (5)(pi)

I am confused also. That does not look to me like the polar equation for a circle.

It is the equation of a circle.
r = 2sinθ + 4cosθ
r*r = 2rsinθ + 4rcosθ
x^2 + y^2 = 2y + 4x
(x^2  4x + 4) + (y^2  2y + 1) = 4+1
(x2)^2 + (y1)^2 = 5
However, we need to find the area using polar coordinates:
As I noted in my earlier posting, the first quadrant means 0 <= θ <= pi/2
So, we integrate
A = 1/2 Int(r^2 dθ)[0,pi/2]
= 1/2 Int(4sin^2θ + 16sinθ cosθ + 16 cos^2θ dθ)[0,pi/2]
Recalling some trig identities:
sin^2θ + cos^2θ = 1
sin 2θ = 2sinθ cosθ
cos^2θ = (1 + cos2θ)/2
A = 1/2 Int(4 + 8sin2θ + 6(1 + cos2θ) dθ)[0,pi/2]
= 1/2 Int(10 + 8sin2θ + 6cos2θ)[0,pi/2]
= 1/2(10θ  4cos2θ + 3sin2θ)[0,pi/2]
= (5θ  2cos2θ + 3/2 sin2θ)[0,pi/2]
= (5*pi/2  2(1) + 0)  (0  2(1) + 0)
= 5pi/2 + 4
= 11.854
I don't get any of the given choices. And, my answer agrees with wolfram dot com:
integrate .5*((2 sin theta)+(4 cos theta) )^2 dtheta, theta=0..pi/2
Take off the limits of integration to see that their indefinite integral also agrees with mine.
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