 Ask Remember Me? thinay Posts: 40, Reputation: 2 Junior Member #1 Jul 3, 2009, 08:11 AM
ellipse and hyperbola
The equation of a hyperbola is like this:
x^2/a^2 - y^2/b^2 = 1

my problem is this.. I don't know what am I going to do with this equation > 4x^2 - y^2 = 4y
to become same as the equation above.. I am confused because of the 4y..
After that, I will find the center, vertices, foci and asymptote of that equation.

Another problem. (in ellipse)
Same as the above problem about the equation.
4x^2 + y^2 = 8x
Because of 8x there, I don't know how am I going to do that same like this:
(x-h)^2/a^2 + (y-k)^2/b^2=1

After that, I will also going to find its center, foci and semi axes.

Hope you can help me. Thanks! :) galactus Posts: 2,271, Reputation: 282 Ultra Member #2 Jul 3, 2009, 09:05 AM
Complete the square.

For the ellipse.

Complete the square:

Factor what's in the parentheses and divide by 4:

There is the ellipse equation. See the center and lengths of axes?

Try the same method with your hyperbola

Here is a graph of your ellipse:
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Thanks for your help galactus! :)

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