# Find the volume of the solid obtained by rotating the region about the x-axis

Find the volume of the solid obtained by rotating the region bounded by the given curves about the specified line. sketch the region, the solid, and a typical disk or washer.

$y=2-\frac{1}{2}x$, $y=0$, $x=1$, $x=2$; rotate about the $x$-axis.

I tried using the formula $$\int_1^2\pi\left(2-\frac{1}{2}x-0\right)^2\,dx$$ and got $27\pi/12$ but the answer was $32/3$... it seems like you would rotate the line about the x axis with this formula but it's not coming out right..

• "Answers" are not necessarily right. That said, I get neither your answer nor the "answer." – André Nicolas Sep 3 '13 at 23:38

$$\text{Region:}\;\; y=2-(1/2)x,\; y=0, \;x=1,\; x=2;\;\;\text{rotated about the x-axis}$$
\begin{align} \pi \int_1^2 \left(2 - \frac x2\right)^2\,dx & = \pi\int_1^2 \left(4 - 2x + \dfrac{x^2}{4} \right)\,dx \\ \\ & = \pi\Big[4x - x^2 + \dfrac{x^3}{12}\Big]_1^2 \\ \\ & = \pi\left[\left(8 - 4 + \frac{8}{12}\right) - \left( 4 - 1 + \frac{1}{12}\right)\right]\\ \\ & = \pi\left(1 + \dfrac 7{12} \right)\\ \\ & = \dfrac {19\pi}{12}\end{align}