17Calculus Polar Coordinates - Area

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On this page we cover a common calculus problem involving polar coordinates, determining area.
As mentioned on the main polar coordinates page, polar coordinates are just parametric equations. If you are familiar with parametric equations, this material should be very intuitive.

To calculate the area defined by a polar curve r, which is a function of $$\theta$$, between the rays $$\theta = \theta_0$$ and $$\theta = \theta_1$$, we use the integral $A = \frac{1}{2} \int_{\theta_0}^{\theta_1}{ r^2 d\theta}$ Here is a good in-depth video discussing area using polar coordinates.

MIT OCW - Lec 33 | MIT 18.01 Single Variable Calculus, Fall 2007 [35min]

video by MIT OCW

Practice

Unless otherwise instructed, calculate these areas, giving your answers in exact, simplified form.

Basic

$$r=2\cos\theta$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area enclosed by the polar curve $$r=2\cos\theta$$.

Solution

1383 video solution

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one loop of $$r=2\cos(4\theta)$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area bounded by one loop of $$r=2\cos(4\theta)$$.

Solution

1384 video solution

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one loop of $$r=\sin(4\theta)$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area enclosed by one loop of $$r=\sin(4\theta)$$.

Solution

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$$r=3+\sin\theta$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area enclosed by $$r=3+\sin\theta$$.

Solution

1276 video solution

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Intermediate

inside $$r=1+2\cos(\theta)$$ and outside $$r=2$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area inside $$r=1+2\cos(\theta)$$ and outside $$r=2$$.

Solution

1382 video solution

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inside both $$r=\cos\theta$$ and $$r=\sin(2\theta)$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area inside both $$r=\cos\theta$$ and $$r=\sin(2\theta)$$.

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{\pi}{4} - \frac{3\sqrt{3}}{16} }$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area inside both $$r=\cos\theta$$ and $$r=\sin(2\theta)$$.

Solution

The final answer at the end of the video is incorrect. At about the 11:26 mark he notes his mistake.

1273 video solution

$$\displaystyle{ \frac{\pi}{4} - \frac{3\sqrt{3}}{16} }$$

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inside $$r=1+\sin\theta$$ and outside $$r=1$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area that lies inside $$r=1+\sin\theta$$ and outside $$r=1$$.

Solution

1274 video solution

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inside both $$r=9\cos\theta$$ and $$r=9\sin\theta$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area of the region inside both $$r=9\cos\theta$$ and $$r=9\sin\theta$$.

Solution

1275 video solution

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outside $$r=\sin\theta$$ and inside $$r=2\sin\theta$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area outside $$r=\sin\theta$$ and inside $$r=2\sin\theta$$.

Solution

1277 video solution

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inside both $$r=\sin(2\theta)$$ and $$r=\cos(2\theta)$$

Problem Statement

Calculate the area of the region inside both $$r=\sin(2\theta)$$ and $$r=\cos(2\theta)$$.

Solution

1278 video solution

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