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Surface of revolution illustration

The surface of revolution formed by rotating x=2+\cos y around the y-axis.

A Solid of revolution is a solid formed by the rotation of a function around a line. Many common shapes, such as spheres, cones, and cylinders are solids of revolution. The volume of such a solid can be calculated by using rings or shells, or by using a double integral in the form

2 \pi \iint_R (x-b) dy dx

assuming the rotation is about the line y=b.

The surface of revolution is the surface enclosing the solid. The surface area of a surface of revolution can be found with the formula

2\pi \int_{a}^{b}f(x)\sqrt{1 + f'(x)^2}dx

Examples

Find the volume of the solid of revolution obtained when the function

f(x) = \sqrt{r^2 - x^2}

(a semicircle rotated to obtain a sphere) is rotated about the x-axis.

V = 2 \pi \iint_R y dA = 2 \pi \int_{-r}^{r} \int_0^{\sqrt{r^2 - x^2}} y dy dx = 2 \pi \int_{-r}^r [\frac{y^2}{2}]_0^{\sqrt{r^2 - x^2}}
 = \pi \int_{-r}^r (r^2 - x^2) dx = \pi [r^2 x - \frac{x^3}{3}]_{-r}^{r} = \frac{4}{3} \pi r^3


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