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8-140.

Find the volume of the solid constructed as follows: The base of the region is formed by the curve y = ex2 and the line y = e, while the cross-sections perpendicular to the y-axis are squares. Homework Help ✎

Start by sketching the base of the solid. Notice the x- and y- coordinates where the functions intersect. Also notice the bottom-most point on the solid. Visualize the square cross-sections that will stand up upon this base, making a 3D figure. Each cross-section is perpendicular to the y axis, which means they will be horizontally aligned. At the bottom, near y = 1, the squares will be very small. As you move up, they will gradually get larger. The largest square, at y = e, will have a side length of 2.

The bounds: Since the squares are horizontal, the bounds will be y-values. What are the lowest and the highest y-value?

The integrand:
Since the squares are horizontal, the integrand must be written in terms of y.
In other words, solve for x.
y = ex2
ln(y) = x2ln(e)

Careful! Observe that, because of symmetry across the y-axis, x represents just half of the side-length of each square.

The integral:
Put it all together.