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Re: confusion with triple integral...

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  • From: Tomas Garza <tgarza01 at>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 01:00:06 -0500 (EST)
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Unless I'm misreading your integrand (I presume you mean (r^2)*Sin[x]), the
correct answer that Mathematica returns (in my computer, anyway) is 5 Pi,
and this may be checked easily. The integrand doesn't depend on y, so in
fact you have only a double integral whose value is equal to 2.5. On
multiplying this by the integral of dy from 0 to 2 Pi, which is equal to 2
Pi, you get 5 Pi. Now, this is displayed as either 5 Pi or 15.708...(the
numerical value of 5 Pi) according to whether I use ArcCos[1/4] or
ArcCos[0.25] (or, equivalently, ArcCos[1/4]//N) in the corresponding limit.

Tomas Garza
Mexico City

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bradley Stoll" <BradleyS at>
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Subject: [mg32487] [mg32469] confusion with triple integral...

> Please consider the Integral[r^2Sin[x]drdxdy] with limits as follows:
> [0,2Pi]for y, [0,ArcCos[1/4]] for x and [0,1/Cos[x]] for r.  Mathematica
> 27Pi, which is correct.  But, if instead of using ArcCos[1/4], I use
> ArcCos[0.25] or ArcCos[1/4]//N in the limits, Mathematica returns 43Pi.
Any idea
> why?j
> Bradley Stoll
> San Jose, CA

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