Area of Ellipse


An ellipse is a curve on a plane such that the sum of the distances to its two focal points is always a constant quantity from any chosen point on that curve.

The ellipse belongs to the family of circles with both the focal points at the same location. In an ellipse if you make the minor and major axis of the same length with both foci F1 and F2 at the center then it results in a circle.

Area of an Ellipse-

Area= \(\pi ab\)

Where a and b denote the semi-major and semi-minor axes respectively.

The above formula  for area of the ellipse has been mathematically proven as shown below:

We know that the standard form of an ellipse is:

For Horizontal Major Axis-

\(\frac{x^{2}}{a^{2}}+\frac{y^{2}}{b^{2}} = 1\), (where a>b)

Or,  \(y = b.\sqrt{1-\left ( \frac{x}{a} \right )^{2}}\)

For Vertical Major axis-

\(\frac{x^{2}}{b^{2}}+\frac{y^{2}}{a^{2}} = 1\),  (where a>b)

Or,  \(y = a.\sqrt{1-\left ( \frac{x}{b} \right )^{2}}\)

Proof for area of an Ellipse-

Area of Ellipse

We know the general equation for an ellipse is \(\frac{x^{2}}{a^{2}}+\frac{y^{2}}{b^{2}} = 1\)

\(y = b.\sqrt{1-\left ( \frac{x}{a} \right )^{2}}\)

\(y = \frac{b}{a}\sqrt{a^{2} – x^{2}}\)

As we can see the ellipse is divided into four quadrant. So calculating the area of 1 and multiplying by 4, we get the area of an ellipse.

Area,  \(A = 4. \int_{0}^{a} y.dx\)

\(A = 4. \int_{0}^{a} \frac{b}{a} \sqrt{a^{2}-x^{2}} dx\)

\(= 4. \frac{b}{a}\int_{0}^{a} \sqrt{a^{2}-x^{2}} dx\)

Substituting \(x = a \sin t\)

dx = \(a \cos t . dt\)

x = 0 changes to t = 0 and x = a changes to t = \(\pi /2\)

\(A = 4. \frac{b}{a}\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \sqrt{a^{2}-a^{2} \sin^{2}t} .a \cos t .dt\)

\(A = 4. \frac{b}{a}\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} a^{2} \cos^{2} t .dt\)

A = \(4ab \left ( \frac{t}{2} + \frac{\sin 2x}{4} \right )_{0}^{\pi /2}\)

A = \(4ab \times \frac{\pi}{4}\)

A= \(\pi ab\)<

Application of Ellipses:

They have widespread applications in the field of engineering, physics, etc. For instance, all the planets revolve in their orbits which are elliptical in shape. Moreover, astronomy has a lot of use of this shape as many of the stars and planets are shaped as ellipsoids.

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