I am trying to find the area between the polar curves $r = 2 \sin θ$ and $r = 2 \cos θ$.

I set up the area equation as follows:


I could not get the correct answer with this, which is $\frac\pi2-1$.

Any help with this problem would be appreciated :D

  • $\begingroup$ i accidentally put the wrong correct answer, it is (pi/2)-1 $\endgroup$ – nshah Apr 7 '14 at 23:33

A picture might help: $r=2\sin t$ is in blue and $r=2\cos t$ is in red for $0\le t\le 2\pi$.

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The intersection point is found by setting $2\sin t=2\cos t$ and solving; it occurs at $t=\pi/4$, so you want $$ \underbrace{{1\over 2}\int_0^{\pi/4} (2\sin t)^2\,dt}_\text{area of blue region} + \underbrace{{1\over 2}\int_{\pi/4}^{\pi/2} (2\cos t)^2\,dt}_\text{area of red region}={\pi\over 2}-1. $$


this is just a hint and you have to do it by yourself so see below..... by using 12th method so we know by polar co-ordinates $x= r \sin(x)$ and $y=r \cos(x)$ here in question


multiply both side $r$


$r^2 = 2x$ since $x=r \sin(x)$

since a point circle equation is $x^2+y^2=r^2$

therefore $x^2+y^2=2x $ implies that $y=\sqrt (2x-x^2)$ similarly for $r=2\cos(x)$, $x^2+y^2=2y$ implies that $y= \sqrt (2y-x^2)$ and integrate it by drawing the circle

get the answer. best of luck


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