Changing Order of Integration for Multiple Integrals Click here for 2-D Example
In a Nut Shell: The evaluation of double or triple integrals over a region, R, may
be complicated due to the complexity of the integrand, due to the order of integration,
or both. The strategy is the same for both double and triple integrals but the triple
integrals are generally harder since you are dealing with intersecting surfaces that
are harder to visualize rather than intersecting curves.
The strategy is to identify the surfaces (or curves) that bound the region of
integration, by drawing the projections of the surfaces on various planes. In so doing
you will identify the limits of integration in each plane. Then pick an order of
integration that simplifies evaluation of the integral.
Example: Change the order of integration for the integral below from dy dz dx
to dx dz dy.
x = 1 z = 1-x2 y = 1 - x
I = ∫ ∫ ∫ f(x,y,z) dy dz dx
x = 0 z = 0 y = 0
The first step is to visualize, R, the region of integration and the intersecting surfaces
by examining the given limits of integration.
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