## 17Calculus Integrals - Surface Area

This page covers the topic of surface area of an explicitly defined smooth curve revolved around an axis in the xy-plane in cartesian (rectangular) coordinates. [You can also calculate surface area in polar coordinates and for surfaces described parametrically.]

Setting up the integral to calculate surface area is fairly straight-forward. The difficulty with this topic occurs when evaluating the integral, which can quickly become quite complicated. Consequently, most problems you get will be carefully hand-picked by your instructor or the textbook author so that you can evaluate the integrals with the techniques you know. The comments we made on the arc length page about tricks to evaluating these integrals apply here as well.

First, let's look at a video clip explaining how to derive the surface area equations.

### MIP4U - Surface Area of Revolution - Part 1 of 2 [5min-16secs]

video by MIP4U

$$\int_{a}^{b}{2\pi y ~ ds}$$

$$\int_{c}^{d}{2\pi x ~ ds}$$

$$ds = \sqrt{1 + [f'(x)]^2} ~dx$$ or $$ds = \sqrt{1 + [g'(y)]^2} ~dy$$

Notes
1. $$ds$$ in the last row above is the differential arc length as discussed on the arc length page. Using $$ds$$ allows us to write the integral in a more compact form and it is easier to see what is going on.
2. Which $$ds$$ you use depends on how the graph is described.

Here is a great video clip explaining these equations in more detail.

### PatrickJMT - Finding Surface Area - Part 1 [1min-2secs]

video by PatrickJMT

### Practice

Instructions - - Unless otherwise instructed, calculate the surface area of the given line segment rotated about the given axis. Give all answers in exact form.

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$4\leq x\leq9$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$4\leq x\leq9$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Solution

He works this problem twice in two videos, using different ds equations.

### 1195 video

video by PatrickJMT

### 1195 video

video by PatrickJMT

 equation: $$y=x^2-\frac{1}{8}\ln(x)$$ range: $$1\leq x\leq2$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$y=x^2-\frac{1}{8}\ln(x)$$ range: $$1\leq x\leq2$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Solution

### 1196 video

video by Krista King Math

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{4-x^2}$$ range: $$-1\leq x\leq1$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{4-x^2}$$ range: $$-1\leq x\leq1$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Solution

### 1197 video

video by Krista King Math

 equation: $$f(x)=(1/3)x^3$$ range: $$[0,2]$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$f(x)=(1/3)x^3$$ range: $$[0,2]$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Solution

### 1198 video

video by MIP4U

 equation: $$f(x)=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$[0,8]$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$f(x)=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$[0,8]$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Solution

### 1199 video

video by MIP4U

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{6x}$$ range: $$0 \leq x \leq 4/3$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$y=\sqrt{6x}$$ range: $$0 \leq x \leq 4/3$$ axis of rotation: y-axis

Solution

### 1915 video

video by MIP4U

 equation: $$f(x)=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$0\leq x\leq 4$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Problem Statement

 equation: $$f(x)=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$0\leq x\leq 4$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

$$[(17)^{3/2}-1]\pi/6$$

Problem Statement

 equation: $$f(x)=\sqrt{x}$$ range: $$0\leq x\leq 4$$ axis of rotation: x-axis

Solution

### 2002 video

video by Dr Chris Tisdell

$$[(17)^{3/2}-1]\pi/6$$

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