How to Find the Major Axis of an Ellipse


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Define an ellipse using its foci.

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1. Given the ellipse shown, which of the following statements are true?

2. Which of the following is the distance formula for finding the distance between two points, (x1, y1) and (x2, y2)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet provides an opportunity to check what you know about what an ellipse is and how to find the major axis. You'll also test your ability to correctly solve these problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The focus of this quiz and worksheet is to see what you know about:

  • Defining an ellipse by its foci
  • Understanding the parts of an ellipse
  • The distance formula for finding the distance between two points
  • Solving problems for the length of the major axis

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define the parts of an ellipse like foci, major axis and minor axis
  • Interpreting information - use what you know about the formula for finding the major axis in an ellipse and interpret it correctly
  • Problem solving - use what you know about finding the major axes of ellipses to solve offered problems

Additional Learning

You can find a more detailed account of this topic in the lesson, How to Find the Major Axis of an Ellipse. This lesson covers more information about:

  • What an ellipse looks like
  • Defining vertices and co-vertices
  • Visual understanding of the different parts of an ellipse
  • Finding the major axis from points we already know
  • How to use the distance formula