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6-2 Ellipses (Presentation)

# 6-2 Ellipses (Presentation)

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# 6-2 Ellipses

Unit 6 Conic Sections

Concepts and Objectives
Ellipses (Obj. 20) Identify the equation of an ellipse Find the center, x-radius, and y-radius of an ellipse Find the major and minor axes Find the foci and focal length of an ellipse Write the equation of an ellipse Solve problems involving ellipses

Ellipses
An ellipse, geometrically speaking, is a set of points in a plane such that for each point, the sum of its distances, d1 + d2, from two fixed points F1 and F2, is constant. What does this mean? Put a piece of paper on top of the cardboard. Place the two pins at least 3" apart. Tie your piece of string in a loop that will fit around the pins without going off the edge. Put the loop around the pins, pull it taut, and trace around the loop.

Parts of an Ellipse
Parts of an ellipse: Center Vertices (ea. vertex) Major axis Minor axis Foci (ea. focus)

What we have done with the string is kept the distance between the foci and the points on the ellipse constant (i.e. the definition).

Parts of an Ellipse
Other important parts: The semi-major and semi-minor axes are half the length of the major and minor axes. The distance from the center to the ellipse in the xdirection is called the x-radius. Likewise, the distance in the y-direction is called the y-radius. The distance between the foci is called the focal length. The distance between the center and a focus is called the focal radius.

Ellipses
Generally speaking, a is the length of the semi-major axis b is the length of the semi-minor axis c is the length of the focal radius. Therefore, The length of the major axis is 2a The length of the minor axis is 2b The sum of the distances from a point (x, y) to a point on the ellipse is 2a

Not only does the dotted line trace the outline of the ellipse, but it is also the length of the major axis. As b you can see from the picture, half of that length (a) is the hypotenuse of the triangle formed by the semiminor axis and the focal radius. This gives us the formula: c 2 = a2 − b2 (careful!)

a c

Standard Form
The standard form of an ellipse centered at (h, k) is  x −h  y −k  =1   +  r    rx   y  where rx is the x-radius and ry is the y-radius. To graph an ellipse from the standard form, plot the center, mark the x- and y-radii, and sketch in the curve.
2 2

Standard Form
Example: Sketch the graph of  x −4   y +1   3  + 5  =1     The center is at (4, –1) The x-radius is ±3 The y-radius is ±5 Sketch in the curves
2 2

Standard Form of an Ellipse
Example: Sketch the graph of
4 x 2 + 9 y 2 − 16 x + 90 y + 205 = 0 To sketch the graph, we have to rewrite the equation.

( 4x − 16x ) + ( 9 y + 90 y ) = −205 4 ( x − 4 x + 2 ) + 9( y + 10 y + 5 ) = −205 + 4 ( 2 ) + 9(5 )
2 2

2

2

2

2

2

2

4 ( x − 2) 36

2

+

9 ( y + 5) 36

2

36 = 36
2 2

( x − 2)
9

2

+

( y + 5)
4

2

=1

 x −2   y +5    +  =1  3   2 

Standard Form of an Ellipse
Example (cont.):
 x −2   y +5    +  =1  3   2 
2 2

The center is at (2, –5) The x-radius is ±3 The y-radius is ±2

Focal Length
Example: Write the equation of the ellipse having center at the origin, foci at (–5, 0) and (5, 0), and major axis of length 18 units. Since the major axis is 18 units long, 2a = 18, so a = 9. The distance between the center and a focus, c, is 5. Therefore, we can find b using the formula: c 2 = a2 − b2 52 = 92 − b2 b2 = 92 − 52 = 56 b = 56

Focal Length
Example (cont.): The foci lie along the major axis, so we know that rx = a. Putting it all together, we have:
x  y    +  =1  9   56  x2 y2 + =1 81 56
2 2

Eccentricity
The eccentricity of an ellipse is a measure of its “roundness”, and it is the ratio of the focal length to the major axis. This ratio is written as c e= a

Eccentricity
Example: The orbit of Jupiter is an ellipse with the sun at one focus (mostly). The eccentricity of the ellipse is 0.0489, and the maximum distance of Jupiter from the sun is 507.4 million miles. Find the closest distance that Jupiter comes to the sun. Jupiter c • a–c = 0.0489 a Sun c = 0.0489a • a + c = 507.4 a+c a + 0.0489a = 507.4 507.4 a= ≈ 483.74 1.0489

Eccentricity
Example (cont.):

c = 0.0489 ( 483.74 )
c = 23.65

a − c = 483.74 − 23.65 = 460.1 million miles

Jupiter

Sun

a–c

a+c

Homework
Algebra & Trigonometry (green book) Page 476: 3-18 (×3s) Turn in: 9, 15 College Algebra (brown book) Page 968: 15-39 (×3s), 45, 47a, 48 Turn in: 18, 24, 47, 48

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