How should I proceed? the question is : $$\iint_D (x^4-y^4) \,dx\,dy$$ $$D= \left\{(x,y):1<x^2-y^2<4, \quad \sqrt{17}<x^2+y^2<5,\quad x<0,\ \ y>0\right\}$$ I've tried to solve it with change of variable: $$u=x^2-y^2, \quad v=x^2+y^2$$ $$|J|=\frac{1}{8xy}, \quad \frac{1}{8}\iint uv\frac{1}{xy} \,du\,dv$$

How should I proceed?

Any suggestion would be great, thanks

  • $\begingroup$ You are on the right path. Write $x, y$ in terms of $u, v$ and compute the integral now. $\endgroup$ – Math Lover Jan 9 at 18:36
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    $\begingroup$ $\int_{\sqrt{17}}^5 \int_1^4 \frac{uv}{4 \sqrt{v^2-u^2}} du \, dv$ is your integral, workable. $\endgroup$ – Math Lover Jan 9 at 18:46
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    $\begingroup$ As far as $x \lt 0, y \gt 0$, it is the region in the second quadrant. Given the symmetry and the integrand, it should be just one fourth of your integral. $\endgroup$ – Math Lover Jan 9 at 18:48

If you do

$$u + v = 2x^2 \text{ and } v - u = 2y^2$$

you can solve for $x$ and $y$ in terms of $u$ and $v$. Just keep in mind the conditions $x < 0$ and $y > 0$ when you take the square roots. Also note that $u + v$ and $v - u$ are both positive from the hypotheses.


$$x = -\sqrt{\frac{u + v}{2}}, \quad y = \sqrt{\frac{v-u}2}, \quad \text{and } xy = -\frac12\sqrt{v^2 - u^2}.$$

And before I forget: you want the absolute value of the Jacobian, so

$$|J| = \frac{1}{8|xy|} = \frac{1}{4\sqrt{v^2 - u^2}}.$$


Oddly enough polar coordinates will do the trick and does it well as an alternative. The region is one integral if done angular first (which is easy to see because the region is between two circular arcs)

$$1<x^2-y^2<4 \implies \pi-\frac{1}{2}\cos^{-1}\left(\frac{1}{r^2}\right)<\theta<\pi-\frac{1}{2}\cos^{-1}\left(\frac{4}{r^2}\right)$$

in the second quadrant. Which makes the integral

$$\int_{\sqrt[4]{17}}^{\sqrt{5}}\int_{\pi-\frac{1}{2}\cos^{-1}\left(\frac{1}{r^2}\right)}^{\pi-\frac{1}{2}\cos^{-1}\left(\frac{4}{r^2}\right)}r^5\cos2\theta\:d\theta dr = \int_{\sqrt[4]{17}}^{\sqrt{5}} \frac{r^3}{2}\left(\sqrt{r^2-1}-\sqrt{r^2-4}\right)dr$$

$$ = \int_{\sqrt{17}}^{5} \frac{t}{4} \left(\sqrt{t-1}-\sqrt{t-4}\right)dt$$

Integration by parts takes care of the rest.

$$ = \boxed{\frac{113}{15}-\frac{\sqrt{17}}{6}\left[(\sqrt{17}-1)^{\frac{3}{2}}-(\sqrt{17}-4)^{\frac{3}{2}}\right]+\frac{1}{15}\left[(\sqrt{17}-1)^{\frac{5}{2}}-(\sqrt{17}-4)^{\frac{5}{2}}\right]}$$

As a side note, this answer would have come out a lot more cleanly had the lower bound been $4$ instead of $\sqrt{17}$ giving



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