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Question 02 (b)
Full-Solution Problem. Justify your answer and show all your work. Simplification of the answer is not required.
Find the area of the region enclosed by one loop of the polar curve
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Can you sketch the polar curve for 0 ≤ θ ≤ 2π ? The question asks you to find the area of one loop, do you see it on your sketch?
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We can consider one loop of the polar curve to be defined by the values of in between successive points where . Consider that , where and , so we can take to be vary in between and to define a loop.
Now consider that the area of a wedge with angle is equal to where is the 'radius' of the wedge (i.e: from the point to the rounded boundary). To compute the total area of the loop we simply integrate in between the appropriate angles.
Using a trigonometric identity, we can simplify this integral so we are not dealing with the square of a trig function.
Therefore, the area of one loop of the polar curve is .
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