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Lesson 7.

1 The Ellipse

A. Geometric Definition of an Ellipse


An ellipse is the set of points in the plane the sum of whose distances from
two fixed points F1 and F2 remain constant. These two fixed points are the
foci (plural of focus) of the ellipse.

B. Ellipse with Center at the Origin


The graph of the equation of each of the following equations is an ellipse with center at the origin and
having the given properties.
x2 y 2
x2 y 2

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a 2 b2
b2 a 2
Equation
ab0
ab0
Vertices

a, 0

0, a

Major Axis

Horizontal, length 2a

Vertical, length 2a

Minor Axis

Vertical, length 2b

Horizontal, length 2b

Foci

c, 0 ,

0, c ,

c2 a 2 b2

c2 a 2 b2

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C. Ellipse with Center at (h, k)


The graph of the equation of each of the following equations is an ellipse with center at the (h, k) and
having the given properties.
x h 2 y k 2 1
x h 2 y k 2 1
Equation
a2
b2
b2
a2
ab0
ab0
Vertices

(h a, k ) and (h a, k )

(h, k a) and (h, k a)

Major Axis

Horizontal, length 2a

Vertical, length 2a

Minor Axis

Vertical, length 2b

Horizontal, length 2b

(h c, k ) and (h c, k )

(h, k c) and (h, k c)

c a b

c2 a 2 b2

Foci

Find the vertices and foci of the ellipse. Determine the lengths of the major and
minor axes, and sketch the graph.
x2 y 2

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Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:
Whats c?

Foci:
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2. 4 x 2 y 2 16 Video tutorial
Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:
Whats c?

Foci:

3. 4 x 2 25 y 2 100 Video tutorial


Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:
Whats c?

Foci:

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Find the equation for each ellipse. Graph the equation.

4. Center at (0, 0); focus at (-1, 0); vertex at (3, 0) Video tutorial
Equation:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Find the equation for each ellipse. Graph the equation.

5. Foci at (0, 2); length of major axis is 8 video tutorial


Equation:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

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Write and equation for the ellipse. Video tutorial

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Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Analyze each equation; that is, find the center, foci, and vertices of each ellipse.
Graph each equation.

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x 42 y 22
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Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Analyze each equation; that is, find the center, foci, and vertices of each ellipse.
Graph each equation.

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x 2 3 y 2 12 y 9 0 Video tutorial

Equation:

Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Analyze each equation; that is, find the center, foci, and vertices of each ellipse.
Graph each equation.
9. 4 x 2 3 y 2 8 x 6 y 5 Video tutorial

Equation:

Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Find an equation for each ellipse. Graph the equation.

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Center at (-3,1); vertex at (-3, 3); focus at (-3, 0) Video tutorial

Equation:

Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

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Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Find an equation for each ellipse. Graph the equation.

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Foci at (1, 2) and (-3, 2); vertex at (-4, 2) Video tutorial

Equation:

Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

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Lesson 7.1 The Ellipse


Find an equation for each ellipse. Graph the equation.

Video tutorial
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Center at (1, 2); focus at (1, 4); contains the point (2, 2).

Equation:

Center:

Vertices:

Major axis:

Minor axis:

Whats c?

Foci:

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13. Semielliptical Arch Bridge


A bridge is built in the shape of a semielliptical arch. The bridge has a span of
120 feet and a maximum height of 25 feet. Choose a suitable rectangular
coordinate system and find the height of the arch at 10 feet from the center.

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14. Whispering Gallery


The whispering gallery in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is 47.3
feet long. The distance from the center of the room to the foci is 20.3 feet. Find
an equation that describes the shape of the room. How high is the room at its
center?

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