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Cynthia Mathis
Cynthia Mathis
(Reno - United States)

Lesson 41: Conic Sections: Ellipses

Beginning with a general introduction to conics and how they are formed, circles are first presented and then ellipses are motivated by looking at the general equation of a circle centered at the origin. After central ellipses, translated ellipses are discussed, followed by a procedure for writing the equation of the ellipse in standard form. The lesson concludes with a procedure for finding the equation of an ellipse given its vertices.

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