# Deriving Ramanujan's Ellipse approximation

Ramanujan's ellipse approximation.

Taking the major and minor axises of an ellipse to be a and b, first you compute;

$h = (a ? b)/(a + b).$

Then his approximation is the following.

$\pi (a + b) \left(1 + \frac{3h^2}{10 + \sqrt{4 - 3h^2}}\right)$

I can see how ??(a+b) can make sense as the closer a is to b the more circular the ellipse and the more accurate the approximation is as you basically have ??radius+radius or ??diameter. I do not understand how he got the rest of his equation. If anyone can show me how it's derived it'd be greatly appreciated!