# Error in cross sectional area of a cylinder, given circumference is $8$ feet $\pm 1$ inch

Given a cylinder with the circumference of $$8$$ feet $$\pm 1$$ inch, how could the error in the cross sectional area be found?

As per request:

Given that the area of the cross section is a circle, $$A=\pi r^2$$, and the circumference is just $$C=2 \pi r$$. In terms of the area $$\pi (C/(2\pi))^2$$. I am not sure what to do after that. I know I have to use differentials but I'm not sure how to relate the two.

• compute the cross sectional area with circumference 7 feet 11 inches and 8 feet 1 inch. – Don Thousand Nov 30 '18 at 17:00
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• I have updated the post David – ovil101 Nov 30 '18 at 17:12
• I think error propagation formula would be more efficient and meaningful rather than brute force calculation of limiting cases. – ggcg Nov 30 '18 at 17:29

Use Circumference=$$2πr$$ given that r is only data to be measured and, $$2π$$ are both constant.The uncertainty in r (∆r = 1 foot). Now you can easily find uncertainty in Area since Area=$$r^2$$.
$$Percentage Uncertainty= \frac{2∆r}{r}$$
$$error=\frac{PU}{100}.Area$$