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For this sort of problem it really helps to go back to the Riemann sum. You don't even need to write it down per se; you just need to think about what your $\delta x$ is in the Riemann sum. So, in this case you're trying to find a "sum of forces" or we might say a "net" force. To find this, it helps a little to think about momentum conservation/Newton's ...


Well in this case, you could consider a really thin ring of elemental thickness say t, then proceed to form the integral as you have done to that point... Now, you might write dS as tdx , dx being an elemental strip along the circumference of the ring which subtends an angle d(theta) at the center. So you may now rewrite dS as t* R *d(theta) , and proceed ...

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