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How do you find the area of the region that lies inside the curves #r= 1+cos(theta)# and #r= 1-cos(theta)#?

1 Answer
Feb 26, 2015

First let us "see" our area:

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Basically you want the area of the two loops enclosed by the two curves (vertically along the vertical axis).

In general the area in polar form is:
#1/2int_(theta_1)^(theta_2)r^2d(theta)# (have a look to any maths book on calculus/analytical geometry).

In this case let us start with the upper loop; you have:

#0->pi/2# for the red line + #pi/2->pi# for the blue line
area red shaded + area blue shaded

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Area1= #1/2int_0^(pi/2)(1-cos(theta))^2d(theta)+1/2int_(pi/2)^(pi)(1+cos(theta))^2d(theta)#
So you get:
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Hope it helps (check my maths)