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nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (s21bhc)

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    1  Purpose
    7  Accuracy

1  Purpose

nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (s21bhc) returns a value of the classical (Legendre) form of the complete elliptic integral of the first kind.

2  Specification

#include <nag.h>
#include <nags.h>
double  nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (double dm, NagError *fail)

3  Description

nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (s21bhc) calculates an approximation to the integral
Km = 0 π2 1-m sin2θ -12 dθ ,
where m<1 .
The integral is computed using the symmetrised elliptic integrals of Carlson (Carlson (1979) and Carlson (1988)). The relevant identity is
Km = RF 0,1-m,1 ,
where RF  is the Carlson symmetrised incomplete elliptic integral of the first kind (see nag_elliptic_integral_rf (s21bbc)).

4  References

Abramowitz M and Stegun I A (1972) Handbook of Mathematical Functions (3rd Edition) Dover Publications
Carlson B C (1979) Computing elliptic integrals by duplication Numerische Mathematik 33 1–16
Carlson B C (1988) A table of elliptic integrals of the third kind Math. Comput. 51 267–280

5  Arguments

1:     dmdoubleInput
On entry: the argument m of the function.
Constraint: dm<1.0.
2:     failNagError *Input/Output
The NAG error argument (see Section 3.6 in the Essential Introduction).

6  Error Indicators and Warnings

NE_INTERNAL_ERROR
An internal error has occurred in this function. Check the function call and any array sizes. If the call is correct then please contact NAG for assistance.
NE_REAL
On entry, dm=value; the integral is undefined.
Constraint: dm<1.0.
On failure, the function returns zero.
NW_INTEGRAL_INFINITE
On entry, dm=1.0; the integral is infinite.
On failure, the function returns the largest machine number (see nag_real_largest_number (X02ALC)).

7  Accuracy

In principle nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (s21bhc) is capable of producing full machine precision. However round-off errors in internal arithmetic will result in slight loss of accuracy. This loss should never be excessive as the algorithm does not involve any significant amplification of round-off error. It is reasonable to assume that the result is accurate to within a small multiple of the machine precision.

8  Further Comments

You should consult the s Chapter Introduction, which shows the relationship between this function and the Carlson definitions of the elliptic integrals. In particular, the relationship between the argument-constraints for both forms becomes clear.
For more information on the algorithm used to compute RF , see the function document for nag_elliptic_integral_rf (s21bbc).

9  Example

This example simply generates a small set of nonextreme arguments that are used with the function to produce the table of results.

9.1  Program Text

Program Text (s21bhce.c)

9.2  Program Data

None.

9.3  Program Results

Program Results (s21bhce.r)


nag_elliptic_integral_complete_K (s21bhc) (PDF version)
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s Chapter Introduction
NAG C Library Manual

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