MATH103 April 2012
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Question 02 (b)
Short answer question. Show in detail how you arrive at your answer (work will be considered for this problem).
Use the formula arc length to find an integral of the form
with suitable , , and h(x), that represents the circumference of the ellipse
where a and b are positive constants. Do not evaluate this integral!
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The arc length formula states that if y(x) is a curve, then its length between x = a and x = b is given by the integral
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We solve for y to obtain
It suffices to take the values y ≥ 0 and then multiply the resulting arc-length by 2. Then the intersection points with y = 0 are x = -b and x = b. Taking the derivative of yields
Plugging into the formula for the arc length we obtain our final answer (don't forget the 2)
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