# ellipse

## Elements of Ellipse

Elements of the ellipse are shown in the figure below.

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## The Ellipse

**Definition of Ellipse**

Ellipse is the locus of point that moves such that the sum of its distances from two fixed points called the foci is constant. The constant sum is the length of the major axis, 2*a*.

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## Conic Sections

**Definition**

Conic sections can be defined as the locus of point that moves so that the ratio of its distance from a fixed point called the focus to its distance from a fixed line called the directrix is constant. The constant ratio is called the eccentricity of the conic.

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