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Draw an ellipse with a shoe string and two points

The shape of a spotlight on a planar surface is in most cases an ellipse. In some cases it may be a circle. If you cut a cylinder at an angle, you will get elliptical sections. This can have important applications in optics (lenses and mirrors can be elliptical in shape), or in the kitchen (where one might cut vegetables or sausage along a "bias cut" in order to obtain pieces that have the same thickness, but have more surface area exposed. Some tanks are in fact elliptical (not circular) in cross section. This gives them a high capacity, but with a lower center-of-gravity, so that they are more stable when being transported. And they're shorter, so that they can pass under a low bridge. You might see these tanks transporting heating oil or gasoline on the highway The ellipse is found in art and architecture, and you may be familiar with the Ellipse, part of a President's Park South (a National Park in Washington, DC, just south of the White House). Ellipses (or half-ellipses) are sometimes used as fins, or airfoils in structures that move through the air. The elliptical shape reduces drag. On a bicycle, you might find a chainwheel (the gear that is connected to the pedal cranks) that is approximately elliptical in shape. Here the difference between the major and minor axes of the ellipse is used to account for differences in the speed and force applied, because your legs push and pull more effectively when the pedals are arranged so that one pedal is in front and one is in back, than

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10.4 Ellipses

Purpose Graph and write equations of ellipse. Find the center, foci, major axis.

An ellipse is the set of all points P such that the sum of the distances between P and two distinct fixed points, called the foci is a constant

The line through the foci intersects the ellipse at two points, the vertices. The line through the vertices is the major axis.

The line perpendicular to the major axis at the center intersects the ellipse at two points called the co-vertices. The line segment joining these points is the minor axis.

How do you find the Foci? Draw a picture to help

2 2 2 c =a -b
b
a

Write the equation in standard form. Draw the ellipse. Identify the foci. 9x2 +16y2=144

Write an equation of the ellipse with the given characteristics and center at (0,0)
a. Vertex (0,7) Co-vertex (-6,0)

Write an equation of the ellipse with the given characteristics and center at (0,0)
a. Vertex (-4,0) Co-vertex (2,0)

Write an equation of the ellipse with the given characteristics and center at (0,0)
a. Vertex (0,7) Foci (0,3)

Write an equation of the ellipse with the given characteristics and center at (0,0)
a. Co-vertex ( 55 ,0) Focus: (0,-3)

What kind of graph will this be?

A portion of the White House lawn is called the Ellipse. It is 1060feet ling and 890 feet wide. a. Write an equation of The Ellipse. b. The area of an ellipse is A=ab. What is the area of the Ellipse at the White House?

In its elliptical orbit, Mercury ranges from 46.04 million kilometers to 69.86 million kilometers from the center of the sun. The center of the sun is a focus of the orbit. Write an equation of the orbit.