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**Area in Polar Coordinates**

Objective: To find areas of regions that are bounded by polar curves.

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

We will begin our investigation of area in polar coordinates with a simple case.

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

In rectangular coordinates we obtained areas under curves by dividing the region into an increasing number of vertical strips, approximating the strips by rectangles, and taking a limit. In polar coordinates rectangles are clumsy to work with, and it is better to divide the region into wedges by using rays.

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

As shown in the figure, the rays divide the region R into n wedges with areas A1, A2,…An and central angles The area of the entire region can be written as

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

If is small, then we can approximate the area of the kth wedge by the area of a sector with central angle and radius where is any ray that lies in the kth wedge. Thus, the area of the sector is

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

If we now increase n in such a way that max , then the sectors will become better and better approximations of the wedges and it is reasonable to expect that the approximation will approach the exact value.

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

This all leads to the following.

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**Area of Polar Coordinates**

The hardest part of this is determining the limits of integration. This is done as follows:

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Example 1 Find the area of the region in the first quadrant that is within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.

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Example 1 Find the area of the region in the first quadrant that is within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq. The region and a typical radial line are shown. For the radial line to sweep out the region, q must vary from 0 to p/2. So we have

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Example 2 Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.

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**Example 2 Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.**

For the radial line to sweep out the entire cardioid, q must vary from 0 to 2p. So we have

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**Example 2 Find the entire area within the cardioid r = 1 – cosq.**

For the radial line to sweep out the entire cardioid, q must vary from 0 to 2p. So we have We can also look at it this way.

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Example 3 Find the area of the region enclosed by the rose curve r = cos2q.

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Example 3 Find the area of the region enclosed by the rose curve r = cos2q. Using symmetry, the area in the first quadrant that is swept out for 0 < q < p/4 is 1/8 of the total area.

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Example 4 Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = cosq and outside of the circle r = 6.

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Example 4 Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = cosq and outside of the circle r = 6. First, we need to find the bounds.

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Example 4 Find the area of the region that is inside of the cardioid r = cosq and outside of the circle r = 6. The area of the region can be obtained by subtracting the areas in the figures below.

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Section 5.2 – Polar Equations and Graphs. An equation whose variables are polar coordinates is called a polar equation. The graph of a polar equation.

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