# Prove that the arc length of the polar curve #r = a(1-cos theta)# is #8a#?

The polar arc length of a curve is given by:

We have:

Thus:

So, the arc length is:

Using the trig identity:

We then have:

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To find the arc length of the polar curve ( r = a(1 - \cos(\theta)) ), you can use the formula for arc length in polar coordinates:

[ L = \int_{\alpha}^{\beta} \sqrt{r^2 + \left(\frac{dr}{d\theta}\right)^2} , d\theta ]

First, find ( \frac{dr}{d\theta} ):

[ \frac{dr}{d\theta} = \frac{d}{d\theta}(a(1 - \cos(\theta))) ]

[ = a \cdot \frac{d}{d\theta}(1 - \cos(\theta)) ]

[ = a \cdot \sin(\theta) ]

Now, substitute ( r = a(1 - \cos(\theta)) ) and ( \frac{dr}{d\theta} = a\sin(\theta) ) into the formula for arc length:

[ L = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{(a(1 - \cos(\theta)))^2 + (a\sin(\theta))^2} , d\theta ]

[ = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{a^2(1 - 2\cos(\theta) + \cos^2(\theta)) + a^2\sin^2(\theta)} , d\theta ]

[ = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{a^2 - 2a^2\cos(\theta) + a^2\cos^2(\theta) + a^2\sin^2(\theta)} , d\theta ]

[ = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{a^2 - 2a^2\cos(\theta) + a^2} , d\theta ]

[ = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{2a^2(1 - \cos(\theta))} , d\theta ]

[ = \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{2}a\sqrt{1 - \cos(\theta)} , d\theta ]

[ = \sqrt{2}a \int_{0}^{2\pi} \sqrt{1 - \cos(\theta)} , d\theta ]

Since ( \sqrt{1 - \cos(\theta)} ) is an even function, the integral over one period is twice the integral from 0 to ( \pi ).

[ = 2\sqrt{2}a \int_{0}^{\pi} \sqrt{1 - \cos(\theta)} , d\theta ]

[ = 2\sqrt{2}a \cdot \frac{\pi}{2} ]

[ = \sqrt{2}\pi a ]

Given that ( a ) is a positive constant, ( \sqrt{2}\pi a = 8a ). Therefore, the arc length of the polar curve ( r = a(1 - \cos(\theta)) ) is indeed ( 8a ).

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