Integrating $\int_1^2 \int_0^ \sqrt{2xx^2} \frac{1}{((x^2+y^2)^2} dydx $ in polar coordinates
Solution 1
I think you will find it easiest if you write the integral in the form $$\int_?^?\int_?^? \frac{1}{r^3}\,dr\,d\theta\ ,$$ that is, with $\theta$ on the "outside" integral. Looking at your diagram, the minimum $\theta$ value in the region of integration is $\theta=0$, which occurs along the $x$ axis. The maximum $\theta$ value occurs at the point $(1,1)$, giving $\theta=\pi/4$. So we have $$\int_0^{\pi/4}\int_?^? \frac{1}{r^3}\,dr\,d\theta\ .$$ For any fixed $\theta$ value, the values of $r$ in the region go from the vertical line $x=1$ to the semicircle. At $x=1$ we have $r=\sec\theta$ as you have noted. The easiest way to get the maximum $r$ value is to draw a line from the origin at angle $\theta$ until it hits the semicircle, and a line from there to $(2,0)$. Then you can see in the diagram a rightangled triangle (because the angle in a semicircle is a right angle) with hypotenuse $2$, and so we get $r_{\rm max}=2\cos\theta$. So the integral is $$\int_0^{\pi/4}\int_{\sec\theta}^{2\cos\theta} \frac{1}{r^3}\,dr\,d\theta\ .$$
For sketching the graph, $$y=\sqrt{2xx^2}\quad\Rightarrow\quad x^22x+y^2=0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (x1)^2+y^2=1\ ,$$ and not forgetting that $y\ge0$.
Solution 2
$$ \sqrt{2\,xx^2}=\sqrt{1(x1)^2}. $$ The graph is a semicircle of radius $1$ centered at $(1,0)$.
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Updated on February 18, 2022Comments

user125342 over 1 year
I'm having a problem converting $\int\limits_1^2 \int\limits_0^ \sqrt{2xx^2} \frac{1}{(x^2+y^2)^2} dy dx $ to polar coordinates.
I drew the graph using my calculator, which looked like half a circle on the x axis. I know that $\frac{1}{(x^2+y^2)^2} dydx$ turns to $ \frac{r}{(r^2)^2}drd\theta$, which would be $ \frac{1}{r^3}$
The region of integration in $\theta $ is I guess $0 \leq \theta \leq \frac{1}{4} \pi $, but I'm stuck for r. The lower boundary is $x=1=rcos\theta \rightarrow r=1/cos\theta=sec\theta$, but what is the upper boundary?? Is it $\sqrt{2rcos\thetar^2cos^2\theta}$? I tried this but I couldn't integrate my equation...
Could someone please help me out?
Also, how can I draw the graph of $y= \sqrt{2xx^2} $? I could only know how it looked like by using my calculator...

user125342 over 9 yearsok so i understand how you got a right triangle with hypotenuse 2, but how did that become $2cos \theta $..??

David over 9 yearsBecause the included angle is $\theta$ and the adjacent side is $r_{\rm max}$. Extract the triangle from the diagram and draw it separately if that helps.

user125342 over 9 yearsohhhh ok thank you so much!! I didn't know i can find rmax like that!!

David over 9 yearsYou could also get it from writing $y^2=2xx^2$ as$$r^2\sin^2\theta=2r\cos\thetar^2\cos^2\theta\ ,$$but I think the geometric way is neater.