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this ellipse is the general ellipse with \[\frac{ x^2 }{ a^2}+\frac{ y^2 }{ b^2 }=1,a>b\]

i have the proof but i dont understand the ratio set up here can i post the link

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Ellipse.html

\[r=\frac{ a-c }{ d-a }=\frac{ a }{ d }\]

\[a^2=b^2+c^2
i dont get this ratio .why it holds

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i mean
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/images/equations/Ellipse/NumberedEquation12.gif

what's r there?

its defined in the 1st link

can't find it ... equation no?

24

what is this 'c' again?

this 'c' looks like foci.

this is pretty ovbioius ... this ratio must be constant