Worked example: Area enclosed by cardioid | AP Calculus BC | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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Worked example: Area enclosed by cardioid | AP Calculus BC | Khan Academy

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The video explains how to find the area enclosed by a polar graph using a specific formula.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the formula for finding the area enclosed by a polar graph?

The formula is one half the definite integral from the starting angle to the ending angle of the square of the polar graph equation, multiplied by d theta.

Q: How do you determine the starting and ending angles of the polar graph?

The starting angle is the angle at which the polar graph intersects the initial point, while the ending angle is the angle at which it intersects the final point.

Q: How do you square the equation of the polar graph?

To square the equation, you need to square each term individually and simplify any resulting expressions.

Q: What is the significance of the trigonometric identity used in the derivation?

The trigonometric identity allows us to simplify the expression of cosine squared theta to one-half times one plus cosine of two theta, making it easier to integrate.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The video discusses the formula for finding the area enclosed by a polar graph.

  • It demonstrates the step-by-step process of applying the formula to a specific polar graph equation.

  • The final result is the area of the region enclosed by the graph.

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