Volume integral

In mathematics (particularly in multivariable calculus), a volume integral refers to an integral over a 3-dimensional domain, that is, it is a special case of multiple integrals. Volume integrals are especially important in physics for many applications, for example, to calculate flux densities. The volume integral of a function f over a domain D can be denoted abstractly as .[1][2][3]

In coordinatesEdit

In Cartesian coordinates, a volume integral can be expressed as a triple integral within a region   of a function   and is usually written as:[4]


A volume integral in cylindrical coordinates is


and a volume integral in spherical coordinates has the form


using the ISO convention for angles with   as the azimuth, and   measured from the polar axis (see also Spherical coordinate system § Conventions for more).


Integrating the equation   over a unit cube yields the following result:


So the volume of the unit cube is 1 as expected. This is rather trivial result, and a volume integral is in actuality more powerful. For instance, if we have a scalar density function on the unit cube, then the volume integral will give the total mass of the cube. For example, for the density function:


the total mass of the cube is:


See alsoEdit

Integral as volumeEdit


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  2. ^ "Calculus III - Triple Integrals". tutorial.math.lamar.edu. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  3. ^ "Triple integrals (article)". Khan Academy. Retrieved 2020-09-19.
  4. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Volume Integral". mathworld.wolfram.com. Retrieved 2020-09-19.

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