On The Perimeter of an Ellipse

Document Type: Research Articles


Department of Mathematics, Islamic Azad University, Gachsaran-Branch, Gachsaran, Iran.


Let E be the ellipse with major and minor radii a and b respectively, and P
be its perimeter, then

P = lim 4 tan(p/n)(a + b + 2) Σ a2 cos2 (2k-2)Pi/n+ sin2 (2k-2)Pi/n;

where n = 2m. So without considering the limit, it gives a reasonable approxi-
mation for P, it means that we can choose n large enough such that the amount
of error be less than any given small number. On the other hand, the formula
satis es both limit status b→a and b→0 which give respectively P = 2a and
P = 4a.

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