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Let R be the region bounded above by the graph of the function f ( x ) = x 2 and below by the x -axis over the interval [ 0 , 2 ] . Find the centroid of the region.

The centroid of the region is ( 3 / 2 , 6 / 5 ) .

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We can adapt this approach to find centroids of more complex regions as well. Suppose our region is bounded above by the graph of a continuous function f ( x ) , as before, but now, instead of having the lower bound for the region be the x -axis, suppose the region is bounded below by the graph of a second continuous function, g ( x ) , as shown in the following figure.

This figure is a graph of the first quadrant. It has two curves. They are labeled f(x) and g(x). f(x) is above g(x). In between the curves is a shaded region labeled “R”. The shaded region is bounded to the left by x=a and to the right by x=b.
A region between two functions.

Again, we partition the interval [ a , b ] and construct rectangles. A representative rectangle is shown in the following figure.

This figure is a graph of the first quadrant. It has two curves. They are labeled f(x) and g(x). f(x) is above g(x). In between the curves is a shaded rectangle.
A representative rectangle of the region between two functions.

Note that the centroid of this rectangle is ( x i * , ( f ( x i * ) + g ( x i * ) ) / 2 ) . We won’t go through all the details of the Riemann sum development, but let’s look at some of the key steps. In the development of the formulas for the mass of the lamina and the moment with respect to the y -axis, the height of each rectangle is given by f ( x i * ) g ( x i * ) , which leads to the expression f ( x ) g ( x ) in the integrands.

In the development of the formula for the moment with respect to the x -axis, the moment of each rectangle is found by multiplying the area of the rectangle, ρ [ f ( x i * ) g ( x i * ) ] Δ x , by the distance of the centroid from the x -axis, ( f ( x i * ) + g ( x i * ) ) / 2 , which gives ρ ( 1 / 2 ) { [ f ( x i * ) ] 2 [ g ( x i * ) ] 2 } Δ x . Summarizing these findings, we arrive at the following theorem.

Center of mass of a lamina bounded by two functions

Let R denote a region bounded above by the graph of a continuous function f ( x ) , below by the graph of the continuous function g ( x ) , and on the left and right by the lines x = a and x = b , respectively. Let ρ denote the density of the associated lamina. Then we can make the following statements:

  1. The mass of the lamina is
    m = ρ a b [ f ( x ) g ( x ) ] d x .
  2. The moments M x and M y of the lamina with respect to the x - and y -axes, respectively, are
    M x = ρ a b 1 2 ( [ f ( x ) ] 2 [ g ( x ) ] 2 ) d x and M y = ρ a b x [ f ( x ) g ( x ) ] d x .
  3. The coordinates of the center of mass ( x , y ) are
    x = M y m and y = M x m .

We illustrate this theorem in the following example.

Finding the centroid of a region bounded by two functions

Let R be the region bounded above by the graph of the function f ( x ) = 1 x 2 and below by the graph of the function g ( x ) = x 1 . Find the centroid of the region.

The region is depicted in the following figure.

This figure is a graph. It has two curves. They are labeled f(x)=1-x^2 and g(x)=x-1. In between the curves is a shaded region. The shaded region is bounded to the left by x=a and to the right by x=b.
Finding the centroid of a region between two curves.

The graphs of the functions intersect at ( −2 , −3 ) and ( 1 , 0 ) , so we integrate from −2 to 1. Once again, for the sake of convenience, assume ρ = 1 .

First, we need to calculate the total mass:

m = ρ a b [ f ( x ) g ( x ) ] d x = −2 1 [ 1 x 2 ( x 1 ) ] d x = −2 1 ( 2 x 2 x ) d x = [ 2 x 1 3 x 3 1 2 x 2 ] | −2 1 = [ 2 1 3 1 2 ] [ −4 + 8 3 2 ] = 9 2 .

Next, we compute the moments:

M x = ρ a b 1 2 ( [ f ( x ) ] 2 [ g ( x ) ] 2 ) d x = 1 2 −2 1 ( ( 1 x 2 ) 2 ( x 1 ) 2 ) d x = 1 2 −2 1 ( x 4 3 x 2 + 2 x ) d x = 1 2 [ x 5 5 x 3 + x 2 ] | −2 1 = 27 10

and

M y = ρ a b x [ f ( x ) g ( x ) ] d x = −2 1 x [ ( 1 x 2 ) ( x 1 ) ] d x = −2 1 x [ 2 x 2 x ] d x = −2 1 ( 2 x x 4 x 2 ) d x = [ x 2 x 5 5 x 3 3 ] | −2 1 = 9 4 .

Therefore, we have

x = M y m = 9 4 · 2 9 = 1 2 and y = M x y = 27 10 · 2 9 = 3 5 .

The centroid of the region is ( ( 1 / 2 ) , ( 3 / 5 ) ) .

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Antonio
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Antonio
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Yes, and no.... Its a function if for every x, y=2.... If not is a single value constant
Antonio
you could define it as a constant function if you wanted where a function of "y" defines x f(y) = 2 no real use to doing that though
zach
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Antonio
Its f(x) =y=2 for every x
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F(y) in this case is not a function since for every value of y you have not a single point but many ones, so there is not f(y)
Antonio
x = 2 defined as a function of f(y) = 2 says for every y x will equal 2 this silly creates a vertical line and is equivalent to saying x = 2 just in a function notation as the user above asked. you put f(x) = 2 this means for every x y is 2 this creates a horizontal line and is not equivalent
zach
The said x=2 and that 2 is y
Antonio
that 2 is not y, y is a variable 2 is a constant
zach
So 2 is defined as f(x) =2
Antonio
No y its constant =2
Antonio
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Antonio
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Antonio
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Antonio
OK you can call this "function" on a set {2}, but its a single value function, a constant
Antonio
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