Prototype Calculus Question

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Find the volume of the solid obtained by rotating the area enclosed by and
around the x-axis.

• Choose either shell or washer method.
• Find the appropriate radii.
• Determine the bounds of integration by finding when both functions have the same y value.
• Using the determined values, set up and solve the integral.


Step 1:  
Choosing the Approach:   Since we are rotating around the x-axis, the washer method would utilize tall rectangles with dx as their width. This seems like a reasonable choice, as these rectangles would be trapped between our two functions as x varies over the enclosed region, allowing us to solve a single integral. Note that the washer method will require an inner and outer radius, as well as bounds of integration, in order to evaluate the integral
Step 2:  
Finding the Radii:  Since our rectangles will be trapped between the two functions, and will be rotated around the x-axis (where y = 0), we find
the inner radius is , represented by the blue line, while
the outer radius is , represented by the red line.
Step 3:  
Finding the Bounds of Integration:   We must set the two functions equal, and solve. If
then by moving all terms to the left hand side and factoring,
so we have -4 and 5 as solutions. These are our bounds of integration.
Step 4:  
Evaluating the Integral:   Using the earlier steps, we have