Derivating Standard Equation: Ellipse

At the end of the lesson you are given a real world application problem that dwells with how the epicenter of an earthquake is determined with the report of at least 3 seismic stations. The aim of this lesson is to present the ellipse showing each one of the involved steps; including how you have to complete the square, and how you need to factor perfect square trinomials. You will view problems that go from the equation to the graph, and vice versa. Struggling students find it very friendly and constructive, advanced students find it challenging interesting!

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Lesson's Glossary

Conics

All sections generated by performing transversal cuts to a right cone.

Parabola

The geometric space that is equidistant from a line called the directrix and a point of a parpendicular to this calle the focus.

Ellipse

The abolute value sum of the distances from two fixed points called focii and a geometric space for which this sum remains constant.

Hyperbola

The absolute value difference of two points called focii and a a geometric space for which this difference remains constant.

Circle

A geometric space that is equidistant from a point called center.

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