Re: Integrate this how?

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• Subject: [mg116329] Re: Integrate this how?
• From: DrMajorBob <btreat1 at austin.rr.com>
• Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 04:15:00 -0500 (EST)

```I get this in version 8 (with error messages for one or more methods):

r[t_] = (1 + Sin[t]) (1 + 9/10 Cos[8 t]) (1 + 1/10 Cos[24 t]) (9/10 +
5/100 Cos[200 t]);
arcLength[t_] = Sqrt[r[t]^2 + D[r[t], t]^2] // Simplify;

NIntegrate[arcLength@t, {t, -Pi, Pi},
Method -> #] & /@ {"GlobalAdaptive", "LocalAdaptive", "MonteCarlo",

{48.37, 48.0666, 48.0852, 48.3858, 47.985, 48.0663}

but Integrate simply fails. The following plot suggests how messy this is,
numerically:

Plot[arcLength@t, {t, -Pi, Pi}]

I think you're trying to approximate a fractal, and that fractal has
infinite arc length... so it's not surprising you run into difficulties.

Bobby

On Thu, 10 Feb 2011 04:21:36 -0600, BoLe <bole79 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Curve is closed (t from -Pi to Pi) and in polar form
>
> r[t_]:=(1+Sin[t]) (1+9/10 Cos[8 t]) (1+1/10 Cos[24 t]) (9/10+5/100
> Cos[200 t])
>
> Would like to find out its arc length, so the integral of
>
> Sqrt[r[t]^2+D[r[t],t]^2]
>
> Version 7 complains but returns a somewhat reasonable number
> (something around 50; drew together with a circle of the same length),
> version 8 says nothing but gives just too low a number (five and
> something). How can this be? New Mathematica should have no problem
> with such high oscillatory integrands, shouldn't she?
>

--
DrMajorBob at yahoo.com

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