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`r_mu = (2* "a" + "b" )/3`

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The **Mean Radius of an Ellipse** calculator computes* Ellipse*the mean radius (**r _{μ}**) of an ellipse based on the semi-major (

**INSTRUCTIONS:** Choose units and enter the following:

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**a**) This is the semi-major axis of the ellipse. - (
**b**) This is the semi-minor axis of the ellipse.

**Mean Radius (r):** The calculator returns the mean radius (**r _{μ}**) in meters. However, this can be automatically converted to other length units via the pull-down menu.

In mathematics, an **ellipse** is a curve in a plane surrounding two focal points such that the sum of the distances to the two focal points is constant for every point on the curve. As such, it is a generalization of a circle, which is a special type of an ellipse having both focal points at the same location. The shape of an ellipse (how "elongated" it is) is represented by its eccentricity, which for an ellipse can be any number from 0 (the limiting case of a circle to arbitrarily close to but less than 1.

The formula for the mean radius of an ellipse is:

`r_u = (2 a +b)/3`

where:

- r
_{u}is the mean radius of the ellipse - a is the length of the semi-major axis.
- b is the length of the semi-minor axis.

Since the Earth is an oblate spheroid, closely approximated by an ellipsoid, the IUGG defines the Earth's mean radius using:

- a = Equatorial radius (6,378.1370 km)
- b = Polar radius (6,356.7523 km)

This computes and Earth mean radius of 6,371.009 kilometers (3,958.761 mi).

**Area of an Ellipse:**This computes the area of an ellipse based on the length of the axes.**Rumanujan's Circumference of an Ellipse 1:**This is the first of two of Rumanujan's approximations of the circumference (perimeter) of an ellipse based on the semi-major axis (**a**) and the semi-minor axis (**b**).**Rumanujan's Circumference of an Ellipse 2:**This is the second of Rumanujan approximations of the circumference (perimeter) of an ellipse based on the semi-major axis (**a**) and the semi-minor axis (**b**).**Circumference of an Ellipse (other)**This is another common estimation of the circumference (perimeter) of an ellipse based on the semi-major axis (**a**) and the semi-minor axis (**b**).*Conic Sections***Eccentricity of an Ellipse:**This computes the eccentricity of an ellipse which is based on the ratios of the semi-major axis (**a**) and the semi-minor axis (**b**).**Mean Radius of an Ellipse:**This compute the mean radius of an ellipse. This would define a circle with the same approximate area, based on the ellipse's semi-major axis (**a**) and the semi-minor axis (**b**).

Description of an ellipse is from Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipse)