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Jesse's question via email about volume by revolution

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Jan 26, 2012
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Here is a sketch of the region to be rotated and the line to be rotated around.

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Notice that the volume will be exactly the same if we were to move everything up by 3 units, but with the advantage of rotating around the x axis. So we want to find the volume of the region under $\displaystyle \begin{align*} y = 12 - x^2 \end{align*}$ between $\displaystyle \begin{align*} x= 0 \end{align*}$ and $\displaystyle \begin{align*} x = 3 \end{align*}$ rotated around the x axis, and then subtract the volume of the region under $\displaystyle \begin{align*} y = 3 \end{align*}$ between $\displaystyle \begin{align*} x = 0 \end{align*}$ and $\displaystyle \begin{align*} x = 3 \end{align*}$ rotated around the x axis. Thus the volume we want is

$\displaystyle \begin{align*} V &= \int_0^3{ \pi\,\left( 12 - x^2 \right) ^2\,\mathrm{d}x } - \int_0^3{ \pi\,\left( 3 \right) ^2\,\mathrm{d}x } \\ &= \pi\int_0^3{ \left[ \left( 12 - x^2 \right) ^2 - 3^2 \right]\,\mathrm{d}x } \\ &= \pi\int_0^3{ \left( 144 - 24\,x^2 + x^4 - 9 \right) \,\mathrm{d}x } \\ &= \pi\int_0^3{ \left( 135 - 24\,x^2 + x^4 \right) \,\mathrm{d}x } \\ &= \pi\,\left[ 135\,x - 8\,x^3 + \frac{x^5}{5} \right] _0^3 \\ &= \pi\,\left\{ \left[ 135\,\left( 3 \right) - 8 \,\left( 3 \right) ^3 + \frac{3^5}{5} \right] - \left[ 135\,\left( 0 \right) - 8 \,\left( 0 \right) ^3 + \frac{0^5}{5} \right] \right\} \\ &= \pi\,\left( 405 - 216 + \frac{243}{5} - 0 \right) \\ &= \frac{1188\,\pi}{5}\,\textrm{units}^3 \end{align*}$