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Re: Newbie Limit problem


In article <cs5bce$3tk$1 at smc.vnet.net>,
 Ken Tozier <kentozier at comcast.net> wrote:

> I'm self taught so I wasn't aware of the official name of the class of 
> curves I'm looking at, but have since found that they are called 
> "trochoids" and they have a whole section devoted to them here: 
> http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Trochoid.html. Integrals might as well be 
> written in Martian for all the meaning I get out of them. I find them 
> impenetrable, so I don't know if the trochoids  arc length formula 
> here: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CurtateCycloid.html is considered 
> "closed form" or not.

Equation (3) at this page is a closed form expression for the arc length 
and Mathematica can compute the complete elliptic integral of the second 
kind and Jacobi elliptic functions to arbitrary precision. However, it 
is not obvious to me how the sum you wrote down, essentially

  Sum[Sqrt[ (d^2 + 2 s^2 -  2 s (s Cos[(2 Pi)/s] + 
    d (Cos[(2 k Pi)/s] - Cos[(2 (1 + k) Pi)/s])))]/s, 
      {k, 0, Infinity}]

relates to the arc length. I assume this is some sort of Riemann sum 
approximation to the integral? Note that there is a Mathematica Notebook 
at http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CurtateCycloid.html and in that Notebook the
arc length is computed in closed form using Mathematica as

  2 (a - b) EllipticE[t/2, - 4 a b/(a - b)^2]

for a > b.

Cheers,
Paul

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