Integration using polar coordinates

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Integration using polar coordinates is a technique for solving integrals using polar coordinates. Sometimes an integral that is complicated in one set or coordinates, such as Cartesian coordinates become very easy or even trivial in polar coordinates.


Consider the integral

This can be converted into polar coordinated by multiplying by itself, so that

This can be expressed as the double integral,

Now the usefulness of polar coordinates becomes apparent as in polar coordinates, . The bounds mean the integral is over the entire x-y plane, so varies from to and from to . To convert the differentials, we must multiply by the Jacobian, to get

This can be integrated by separating the integral. The integral gives and the integral gives . This means the initial integral, is .