anonymous
  • anonymous
A rectangular board is 2 by 18 units. The foci of an ellipse are located to produce the largest area. A string is connected to the foci and pulled taut by a pencil in order to draw the ellipse. Find the length of the string
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chestercat
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anonymous
  • anonymous
it is equal to the major axis=18 unit
anonymous
  • anonymous
can you be more specific ? how to solve this ?
dumbcow
  • dumbcow
the sum of the distances from any point on an ellipse to the foci is equal to length of major axis

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anonymous
  • anonymous
yes....and to have a largest area the length of major axis will be equal to the length of board

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