Sun K.

asked • 03/21/13# Compute the surface area?

Compute the surface area of the portion of the plane 3x+y+2z=6 inside the cylinder x^2+y^2=4. (Answer: 2pi*sqrt(14)) The formula for the surface area of a cylinder is A=2pi*r^2+2pi*r*h But how do I find the radius and height? This is a topic of surface integrals.

## 3 Answers By Expert Tutors

Aimee H. answered • 03/21/13

Mathematics Tutor

This was a little easier than I thought, but may or may not be useful since your chapter is to specifically use integration.

The equation for the cylinder, x^2+y^2=4 is in the format a^2 + b^2 = r^2, therefore, r=2. As for height, I'm not sure why you're asking for height. To solve this, you can either do a double integration or a way that doesn't involve integration at all. As far as the double integration, I only got to A(s)=SS_{D }sqrt(1+(-3/2)^2+(-1/2)^2) dA , -3/2 being f_{x} and -1/2 being f_{y }of the plane if you solve for z. (SS is my poor shorthand for the two integrals). But I don't actually have a cal3 book, so I didn't get very far, and you'd have to integrate the surface area.

So instead, I used the method without integration, in which I took the normal of the plane, n=(3,1,2) and the normal of the xy axis, (0,0,1), and found the angle between them.

cos(a)=(3(0)+1(0)+1(2))/(sqrt(3^2+1^2+2^2)*sqrt(0^2+0^2+1^2)) from the cos(a)= n_{1}*n_{2} / (|n_{1}||n_{2}|)

cos(a)=2/sqrt(14)

Since the cylinder is circular, we can use the area of a circle on the xy plane by projecting the area and set it up like this:

A_{xy}=Acos(a)

A= A_{xy} / cos(a) = A_{xy} sqrt(14) / 2

Since the area of a circle is pi*r^2, we can fill that in for A_{xy}. Remember, our r=2.

A= pi*r^2 *sqrt(14)/2 = 2*pi*sqrt(14)

George C. answered • 03/22/13

Humboldt State and Georgetown graduate

If a surface is given by the equation F (x,y,z) = c, then the vector V = F_{x} i + F_{y} ^{j} + F_{z} k is normal to the surface.

( F_{x}^2 i + F_{y}^2 j + F_{z}^2 k)^(1/2)

The equation is given by s = ∫ ∫ ------------------------------------------- dA

R | F_{z} |

3x + y + 2z = 6

( 9 + 1 + 4)^(1/2)

s = ∫∫----------------------------- dy dx

| 2 |

2 (4-x^2)^(1/2)

= (1/2)(14)^(1/2) ∫ ∫ dy dx

0 0

Here a change of variable makes integration much easier.

x^2 + y^2 = 2^2 => x = 2 cos θ and y = 2 sin θ and dy dx = r dr dθ

π/2 2

= (1/2)(14)^(1/2) ∫ ∫ r dr dθ

0 0

π/2 2

= (1/2)(1/2)(14)^(1/2) ∫ r^2 | dθ

0 0

π/2

= (4)(1/2)(1/2)(14)^(1/2) ∫ dθ

0

π/2

= (4)(1/2)(1/2)(14)^(1/2) θ |

0

= (4)(1/2)(1/2)(14)^(1/2) ( π/2)

= (14)^(1/2) ( π/2)

Matthew S. answered • 03/21/13

Statistics, Algebra, Math, Computer Programming Tutor

Your cylinder formula looks more like the formula for a circle, since there's no mention of a height, z. You can get to the radius from the generic equation x^{2}+y^{2}=r^{2}; the radius of the circle would appear to be 2.

As for the height, I'm not sure if it matters. If you assumed an infinite height of the cylinder, then the given plane cuts into it at some point (and possibly all the way across it). The area of the plane inside the cylinder would be 4π (πr^{2}) if it were parallel to the xy-plane on which the circle is defined, but since it is at an angle, the area inside the cylinder must be greater than that *if* it cuts all the way through the cylinder.

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Sun K.

Thank you, guys. I'll search for the right way to do it.

03/21/13