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A simple area calculation, where is the mistake ?

Yankel

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Jan 27, 2012
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Hello all

I have solved a problem, and my answer differ from the one in the book from where it's taken. I think I did it correctly, can you assist ?

In the attached photo we have the graph of f(x)=0.5x^2
(half of x squared)

In the rectangle ABCO, BC is twice the size of OC. Calculate the dashed area.

area.JPG

The answer in the book is 21.3333
My answer is 10.666667

I think that 21.3333 is the area that complete to the whole rectangle. Am I right ?

Thanks !
 

MarkFL

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Feb 24, 2012
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Your textbook is correct. Are you given a formula, or are you supposed to use integration? I ask because you posted in the Pre-Calculus forum, so I didn't know exactly what pre-calculus technique would be used.
 

Yankel

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Jan 27, 2012
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Integration.

How can the area be 21.333 ?
 

MarkFL

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M R

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Jun 22, 2013
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Integration.

How can the area be 21.333 ?
Doesn't it look like about 2/3 of the area of rectangle ABCO.

Well, it turns out that it is exactly 2/3 of that area.
 

MarkFL

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Feb 24, 2012
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Doesn't it look like about 2/3 of the area of rectangle ABCO.

Well, it turns out that it is exactly 2/3 of that area.
Interestingly, it turns out to be 2/3 of the rectangular area for any parabola of the form $y=ax^2$ and for any rectangle having the opposing vertices $(0,0)$ and $\left(b,ab^2 \right)$. :D
 

M R

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Jun 22, 2013
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Interestingly, it turns out to be 2/3 of the rectangular area for any parabola of the form $y=ax^2$ and for and rectangle having the opposing vertices $(0,0)$ and $\left(b,ab^2 \right)$. :D
It's more general than that. It'2 2/3 for every parabola.parabola.png
 

Yankel

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Jan 27, 2012
398
I used:

\[\int_{0}^{4}\frac{1}{2}x^{2}dx\]

to do the area under the function, in the normal way, I got 21.333
and then I subtracted is from 32, the area of the rectangle.

Edit: Found my mistake, stupid one actually. My way was perfect, I "forgot" to multiply by 0.5...and got opposite result.

Sorry guys :eek:
 

MarkFL

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Feb 24, 2012
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To find the area directly, you could use:

\(\displaystyle A=\int_0^4 8-\frac{x^2}{2}\,dx\)

which as you can see is equivalent to what you did. :D