Consider a circle with the equation $x^2 + y^2 = 1$. Now find the area of the shaded region which we denote by $u$.

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I'm trying to approach this question and would like support on my integral calculation. The difficulty I'm having is with substitution.

For example, given that:

$$u = (OM)(MP)+2\int^{1}_{x} \sqrt{1-x^2} \space dx$$

I should be getting:

$u = xy + [x\sqrt{1-x^2}-\cos^{-1}x]^{1}_{x}$

Although, I currently lack the technical skills to get this answer.

My approach:

I thought that I could substitute back in $x$ for $\sin(x)$ to get $\sqrt{1-\sin^2(x)}$, then when $u = \sin(x) \implies du = \cos(x)$, so that I get:

$$2\int^{1}_{x} \sqrt{1-\sin^2(x)}\cdot \cos(x) \space dx$$

However, this does not lead me close to the answer.

I have also tried inputting this equation into symbolab, and get:

$\arcsin \left(x\right)+\frac{1}{2}\sin \left(2\arcsin \left(x\right)\right)+2C$

Which is also wrong. What might be the approach towards this?

In Progress:

I've currently rearranged my substitution and it looks promising:

$u = 1-\sin^2 (x) \implies du = -cos(x)dx \implies-arcos(x)du = dx$

I cannot manage with this approach neither, as I'll have to integrate the square root.

Looking at the equation, I'll need something like:

$secant(x) -arcos(x)$ to convert the secant into $x\sqrt{x^2-1}$

  • $\begingroup$ please do not write $x = \sin x$. Use a different variable. It is confusing otherwise and you are likely to make mistakes. $\endgroup$ – Math Lover Feb 28 at 13:29
  • $\begingroup$ @MathLover I corrected it. I can see how it can lead it mistakes, and I'll be sure to correct my approach from now on. Thanks for the tip. $\endgroup$ – Meilton Feb 28 at 13:37

You may integrate by parts directly

\begin{align} \int_{x}^{1}\sqrt{1-t^2}dt & =\int_{x}^{1}\frac{\sqrt{1-t^2}}{2t}d(t^2) = -\frac12 x\sqrt{1-x^2}+\frac12 \cos^{-1}x \end{align}

which, with $y=\sqrt{1-x^2}$, leads to the area $$u =xy + 2 \int_{x}^{1}\sqrt{1-t^2}dt =\cos^{-1}x$$


Alternative method:

The area of the shaded region is $\frac{1}{2}r^2\theta,\ $ where $r$ is the radius of the circle and $\theta\ $ is the angle in radians that the region makes at the centre of the circle $O$.

$r = 1,\ $ therefore the area is $\frac{1}{2}\times1^2\times \theta = \frac{1}{2}\theta.$

Now, $\angle POM = \frac{\theta}{2},\ $ so we can express $\frac{\theta}{2}\ $ in terms of the $x-$coordinate of $M = (M_x,M_y)$, $M_x$ say. Looking at the triangle $OPM,\ $ we know that $OP=1,\ $ therefore $\frac{\theta}{2} = \cos^{-1}\left(\frac{M_x}{1}\right) = \cos^{-1}(M_x) \implies \theta = 2\cos^{-1}(M_x).$

So area of shaded region $= \frac{1}{2} \times 2\cos^{-1}(M_x) = \cos^{-1}(M_x).$


(I assume that $(x,y)$ is in the first open quadrant).

The area of a circular sector with angle $\alpha$ is

$${\frak A}=\alpha/2$$

(in particular, if $\alpha=2\pi$, we get an area equal to $\pi$ in conformity with formula $\pi R^2$ for $R=1$).

As, in triangle $OMP$,


As a consequence:

$${\frak A}\text{=}\operatorname{atan}\dfrac{y}{x}$$


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