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This module provides practice problems related to developing the formula for an ellipse.

Here is the geometric definition of an ellipse. There are two points called the “foci”: in this case, (-3,0) and (3,0). A point is on the ellipse if the sum of its distances to both foci is a certain constant: in this case, I’ll use 10. Note that the foci define the ellipse, but are not part of it.

The point ( x , y ) represents any point on the ellipse. d 1 is its distance from the first focus, and d 2 to the second.

Calculate the distance d 1 (by drawing a right triangle, as always).

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Calculate the distance d 2 (by drawing a right triangle, as always).

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Now, to create the equation for the ellipse, write an equation asserting that the sum of d 1 and d 2 equals 10.

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Now simplify it. We did problems like this earlier in the year (radical equations, the “harder” variety that have two radicals). The way you do it is by isolating the square root, and then squaring both sides. In this case, there are two square roots, so you will need to go through that process twice.

Rewrite your equation in #3, isolating one of the square roots.

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Multiply out, cancel, combine, simplify. This is the big step! In the end, isolate the only remaining square root.

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Square both sides again.

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Multiply out, cancel, combine, and get it to look like the standard form for an ellipse.

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Now, according to the “machinery” of ellipses, what should that equation look like? Horizontal or vertical? Where should the center be? What are a , b , and c ? Does all that match the picture we started with?

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Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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what does nano mean?
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
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absolutely yes
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
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are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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