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I am trying to get equidistant points on an ellipse. I have the major axis and minor axis. Is there a way to calculate the angles in a loop, where the points are at equal distance on teh ellipse? I know how to calculate points on ellipse based on equal angles, but I would like to get the angle based on equal arc lengths.

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equidistant from where ? – lab bhattacharjee Jun 22 '13 at 16:46
@labbhattacharjee I want to get points on the ellipse so that they are equidistant from each other. Or in other words, get the angles such that the arc lengths are the same. – aVC Jun 22 '13 at 16:53
To find even the case of five equally spaced (in the sense of equal arc-lengths between successive points) has been done, but only by a quite complicated medthod involving elliptic functions. I'd bet googling "five points on ellipse" would get there... – coffeemath Jun 22 '13 at 17:07

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