Use the divergence theorem to compute the net outward flux of $\vec F(x,y,z)=x^2\,\vec\imath-y^2\,\vec\jmath+z^2\,\vec k$ over the region $D$, where $D$ is the space between the planes $z=3-x-y$ and $z=9-x-y$ in the first octant.

Included is a plot of the region $D$.

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By the divergence theorem, I know the flux is given by

$$2\iiint_D(x-y+z)\,\mathrm dx\,\mathrm dy\,\mathrm dz$$

and I can compute the integral easily enough (its value is $540$ by my calculation, confirmed both via divergence theorem and integration over each face), but I am wondering if there is a change of coordinates that I can employ to make the computation even easier. My instinct would be to transform $D$ into another triangular prism with uniform dimensions such that e.g. the triangular faces of the prism have the same area. Possibly something like


so that $3\le w\le9$ and the Jacobian $J$ is such that $|\det J|=1$, but I'm not sure what the other variables' bounds would be. Perhaps this change of variables is incorrect. Is there some way to make this work?

  • $\begingroup$ The answer is 1080 ? I have solved the integral using cartesian form. Limits as $3\leq x \leq 9$ $3-x \leq 9-x $ $3-x-y \leq 9-x-y$ when integrating it gets simplify over and over. $\endgroup$ – Vedant Chourey May 18 at 4:51
  • $\begingroup$ @VedantChourey The outward flux over the triangular faces is $-\frac{27}4$ in the plane $z=3-x-y$ and $\frac{2187}4$ in the plane $z=9=x=y$, giving a net flux of $\frac{2160}4=540$. The remaining three faces contribute nothing. $\endgroup$ – user170231 May 19 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ In that case we have to calculate the net flux through th reiangular region. $\endgroup$ – Vedant Chourey May 20 at 3:09

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