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15: Multiple Integration

 

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  • 15.1: Volume and Average Height
    Consider a surface f(x,y); you might temporarily think of this as representing physical topography---a hilly landscape, perhaps. What is the average height of the surface (or average altitude of the landscape) over some region? Multiple integration approach can be used to estimate these values.
  • 15.2: Double Integrals in Cylindrical Coordinates
    How might we approximate the volume under a surface in a way that uses cylindrical coordinates directly? The basic idea is the same as before: we divide the region into many small regions, multiply the area of each small region by the height of the surface somewhere in that little region, and add them up. What changes is the shape of the small regions
  • 15.3: Moment and Center of Mass
    Using a single integral we were able to compute the center of mass for a one-dimensional object with variable density, and a two dimensional object with constant density. With a double integral we can handle two dimensions and variable density.
  • 15.4: Surface Area
    We next seek to compute the area of a surface above (or below) a region in the xyxy plane. How might we approximate this? We start, as usual, by dividing the region into a grid of small rectangles. We want to approximate the area of the surface above one of these small rectangles. The area is very close to the area of the tangent plane above the small rectangle. If the tangent plane just happened to be horizontal, of course the area would simply be the area of the rectangle.
  • 15.5: Triple Integrals
    It will come as no surprise that we can also do triple integrals---integrals over a three-dimensional region. The simplest application allows us to compute volumes in an alternate way. To approximate a volume in three dimensions, we can divide the three-dimensional region into small rectangular boxes, each Δx×Δy×Δz with volume ΔxΔyΔz. Then we add them all up and take the limit, to get an integral
  • 15.6: Cylindrical and Spherical Coordinates
    We have seen that sometimes double integrals are simplified by doing them in polar coordinates; not surprisingly, triple integrals are sometimes simpler in cylindrical coordinates or spherical coordinates. To set up integrals in polar coordinates, we had to understand the shape and area of a typical small region into which the region of integration was divided. We need to do the same thing here, for three dimensional regions.
  • 15.7: Change of Variables
    One of the most useful techniques for evaluating integrals is substitution, both "u-substitution'' and trigonometric substitution, in which we change the variable to something more convenient. As we have seen, sometimes changing from rectangular coordinates to another coordinate system is helpful, and this too changes the variables. This is certainly a more complicated change, since instead of changing one variable for another we change an entire suite of variables.