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The Watchdog (Posted on 2004-10-28) Difficulty: 5 of 5
A watchdog is tied to the outside wall of a round building 20 feet in diameter. If the dog's chain is long enough to wind half way around the building, how large an area can the watchdog patrol?

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Solution re(2): WD-40 please! - I think I got it now | Comment 8 of 29 |
(In reply to re: WD-40 please! - spoilers by Charlie)

Charlie, that makes so much sense. I was wondering why my integration was 1 dimension (and not 2 as an area should be), and it’s because the base of the triangles you talked about brings in the other dimension.

Ok, with Charlie’s help, this is what I get for the area of both horns:

S = pi*D/2 – pi*D*theta/(2pi) = pi*D/2 – D/2*theta = D/2(pi – theta)

2B = 2* (integral from 0 to pi) S^2/2 dtheta
= (Int. 0-pi) S^2 dtheta
= (Int. 0-pi) (D/2(pi – theta))^2 dtheta
= (Int. 0-pi) (D/2)^2(pi – theta)^2 dtheta
= D^2/4 (Int. 0-pi) (pi^2 – 2pi*theta + theta^2) dtheta
= D^2/4 [pi^2*theta – pi*theta^2 + 1/3*theta^3] (0-pi)
= D^2/4 [pi^3– pi^3 + 1/3*pi^3]
= D^2/4 [1/3*pi^3]
= 1/12*D^2*pi^3

So the total patrolling area is

A + 2B = 1/8*pi^3*D^2 + 1/12*D^2*pi^3
= 5/24*pi^3*D^2
= 2583.85639 sq. ft.

I think that’s better. Thanks Charlie! =)


  Posted by nikki on 2004-10-28 17:08:31
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