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:
Determine the angle THETA, given R and H.
Determine the height H, given R and THETA.
Determine the height H, given R and AREA.
Determine the width W, given R and H.
Determine the area, given R and H.
Determine the centroid, given R and H.
Select points uniformly at random from a segment, given R and H.
Determine a cumulative density function (CDF) for the height H2 of a circle segment defined by a point selected at random from a circle segment of height H.
Determine a quadrature rule that can be used to estimate integrals of functions f(x,y) over the segment.
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 GNU LGPL 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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