circle_segment, a FORTRAN90 code which carries out various computations associated with a circle segment, using gnuplot to illustrate some of the computations.

Begin with a circle of radius R. Choose two points P1 and P2 on the circle, and draw the chord P1:P2. This chord divides the circle into two pieces, each of which is called a circle segment. Consider one of the pieces. The "angle" THETA of this segment is the angle P1:C:P2, where C is the center of the circle. Let Q be the point on the chord P1:P2 which is closest to C. The "height" H of the segment is the distance from Q to the perimeter of the circle.

This code considers various computations, including:

The code creates some graphics plots using gnuplot().


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the MIT license


circle_segment is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version.

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Last revised on 05 September 2021.