calculus
posted by ms .
Find complete length of curve r=a sin^3(theta/3).
I have gone thus (theta written as t)
r^2= a^2 sin^6 t/3 and
(dr/dt)^2=a^2 sin^4(t/3)cos^2(t/3)
s=Int Sqrt[a^2 sin^6 t/3+a^2 sin^4(t/3)cos^2(t/3)]dt
=a Int Sqrt[sin^4(t/3){(sin^2(t/3)+cos^2(t/3)}]dt=a Int Sqrt[sin^4(t/3)dt
=a Int sin^2(t/3)dt
=a[1/2(t/3)1/2{3sin(2t/3)}] from t=0 to 2pi
Or, s=a.pi/33a[sin(4pi/3)]/4
=a.pi/3+3a[sin(pi/3)]/4
=a.pi/3+3/4*rt3/2=a.pi/3+3rt3/8.
The answer in the book is 3a.pi/2. Where have I gone wrong?

calculus 
Graham
r = a sin^3(θ/3)
r' = a sin^2(θ/3) cos(θ/3)
Sketch the curve. sin^2(θ/3) has a period of 3π.
The complete length of r must be measured over one whole period; thus integrate from 0 to 3π, (not 2π).
Arc length in polar coordinates:
s = ∫{0↔3π} √(r^2 + r'^2) dθ
s = ∫{0↔3π} √(a^2 sin^6(θ/3) + a^2 sin^4(θ/3)cos^2(θ/3)) dθ
s = a ∫{0↔3π} sin^2(θ/3) √(sin^2(θ/3) + cos^2(θ/3)) dθ
s = a ∫{0↔3π} sin^2(θ/3) dθ
Use sin^2(A) = (1cos(2A))/2
s = (a/2) ∫{0↔3π} 1  cos(2θ/3) dθ
s = (a/2) [θ  (3/2) sin(2θ/3)]{θ=0↔3π}
s = (a/2) (3π  (3/2) sin(4π))
s = 3aπ/2

Error 1: The period over which you integrate
Error 2: The integration of sin^2(θ/3). 
calculus 
ms
Thanks a lot for guiding. Kindly let me know if it should be a routine procedure to plot the complete curve everytime or can it be conveniently worked out analytically?
I used this formula for integrating Int sin^2x dx=1/2*(x1/2*sin2x)which is a std formula. Why the result differs? 
calculus 
Graham
Yes, the general formula is.
∫sin^2(x) dx = x/2  sin(2x)/4 +C
However, a more general formula is:
∫sin^2(ax) dx = x/2  sin(2ax)/4a +C
Proof:
Let I = ∫ sin^2(ax) dx
Substitute u = ax, and dx = (1/a)du
I = (1/a)∫sin^2(u) du
Use your standard formula
I = (1/a)(u/2  sin(2u)/4) +C
Substitute back, u = ax
I = (1/a)(ax/2  sin(2ax)/4) +C
Simplify and conclude:
.: ∫ sin^2(ax) dx = x/2  sin(2ax)/4 +C
Q.E.D.
Basically; when you substitute for x, you must remember to also substitute for dx. 
calculus 
ms
Mr. Graham,
Thank you very much for elaborate explanation. Kindly also let me know if it is ok to find at what values of theta the r becomes 0 and take that as period of curve? If so, plotting the complete curve every time may not be required. 
calculus 
Graham
For a closed curve, the complete length is the distance along the curve from a starting point, and to the starting point again. That is, measure the length of a complete circuit.
When using polar coordinates, the domain over which you need to integrate to measure the complete length is called the period. The period being the rotation you need to traverse to trace the curve.
This is often, but not necessarily 2π. 
calculus 
ms
Thank you very much.
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