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Curves x^2 + y^2 = 4 and y = |x| enclose a sector on the top part of XY-plane. What is the area of this sector?


* \frac{\pi}{4}
* \frac{\pi}{2}
* \pi
* 2\pi
* 3\pi
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Re: Curves [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2008, 04:08
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x^2 + y^2 = 4 is a circle with center (0,0) and radius 2. Plot it on a paper.
y=x is a line passing through (0,0) at 45degrees in the second quadrant.
y=-x is a line passing through (0,0) at 45 degrees in the first quadrant.

so the angle between two lines is 2(pi/4) = pi/2 = 90 degrees
area of sector = (pi * r^2 ) / 4 = pi
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Re: Curves [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 12:22
I plotted both curves on paper and it was a little easier for me to see that way.

The first curve is a circle about the origin with a radius of 2
The second curve is a "V" shape--two 45^{\circ} lines going through the top 2 quadrants meeting at the origin

The area of the first curve = \pi2^2=4\pi
The area of the first curve in the top 2 quadrants is \frac{4\pi}{2}=2\pi

Each "leg" of the "V" of the second curve clearly bisects one quarter of the circle created by the first curve, so the area is \frac{2\pi}{2}=\pi

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