Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2012/Question 02 (b)
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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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Hint 

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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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We solve for y to obtain It suffices to take the values y ≥ 0 and then multiply the resulting arclength 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) 