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A Self Intersecting Curve (Posted on 2005-12-16) Difficulty: 5 of 5
The curve defined by the relation x^3+y^3=3xy intersects itself at the origin and forms a loop. Find the area enclosed by the loop.

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re: Numerical Integration Solution | Comment 8 of 9 |
(In reply to Numerical Integration Solution by Richard)

The integral for the area using polar coordinates, that is the integral from t=0 to pi/2 of r^2/2, is the integral of a rational function of Sin(t) and Cos(t).  Such integrals can be evaluated in closed form by using the method shown in the web page from entitled "Rational Expressions of Trigonometric Functions." See

This would be a lot of work for this problem, although there may be tricks that would lighten the burden.  However, this gives a way to prove that the answer is EXACTLY 1.5, as the numerical integration SUGGESTS.

  Posted by Richard on 2005-12-17 13:31:23

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