The arc length..... Hello all, this is my first post. I am a Computer Engineering Student at Florida A&M University taking Calculus 2 over the summer semester. Should finding the arc length be so extensive?? Are their shortcuts that I am missing? If you don't know the formula, the arc length is the integral from a to b of [1 + (f'(x))^2]^1/2 If finding the arc length IS this difficult, can someone direct me towards some insight. I get caught up in the VERY tedious algebra involved. thank you.