# Calculating areas bounded by polar curves looks extremely difficult. Do Americans really need to integrate such a complex expressions without a calculator?

## I am a Japanese and not familiar with a calculus course in the United States. Looking around Socratic, I found there are so many questions about areas bounded by a polar curve, but few answers are posted. I know the formula $S = \frac{1}{2} {\int}_{\alpha}^{\beta} {\left\{f \left(\theta\right)\right\}}^{2} d$$\theta$. However, this integration looks often beyond our ability, such as in my previous post which I have finally given up. https://socratic.org/questions/what-is-the-area-enclosed-by-r-theta-2cos-theta-pi-4-sin-2theta-pi-12-for-theta- Some questions seem even more difficult. I wonder how the students in the USA perform such a complex integration without a calculator.

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Dec 10, 2017

I'm really not sure who's asking these questions. The linked question is a great example of one.

As an American high schooler, I've never been asked such a complex question for school. I think the goal with those is just to use a calculator. Maybe they're just testing knowledge of the polar area formula. Maybe they're testing calculator skills. Not really sure. I'm still gonna try my best to do the linked problem, though!