A **leminiscate** is a shape traditionally drawn with polar coordinates.

The equation for the leminiscate is r^{2} = a cos 2θ or r^{2} = a sin 2θ. Changing *a* will shrink or expand the shape (to try out different values, check out the interactive leminiscate page at Desmos.com).

Alternatively, the shape can be given as a set of points in a Cartesian plane so that (Piene, 2007)

- x = (sin t) / (1 + cos
^{2}t) and - y = (sin t cos t) / (1 + cos
^{2}t).

## Area of a Leminiscate

You can find the area inside a loop with integrals.

**Example question:** Find the area inside one loop of a leminiscate r^{2} = 4 cos 2θ.

**Solution**:

Step 1: **Find the limits of integration.** Perhaps the easiest way to do this is to graph one loop. Note that instead of graphing y^{2} = 4 cos 2θ (which is pretty impossible with most graphing calculators), you can graph y = ±2√(cos 2x) instead:

Using the trace function, we can see that one loop is traced out for θ in the interval

−π/4 < θ < π/4 (or 3π/4 < x < 5π/4).

Step 2: **Integrate the function** r^{2} = 4 cos 2θ, using the limits of integration found in Step 1. We’re only finding the area for a single loop here, so the integral needs to be halved:

The area for one loop is 2.

## References

Graph of the leminiscate: Desmos.com.

Piene, R. (2007). Curves and Surfaces.

White, D. (2014). Quiz 9A, Math 1860-021 Solutions. Retrieved December 3, 2020 from: http://www.math.utoledo.edu/~dwhite1/d_1860/q9a1860s1.pdf