In the Conic Section lesson on Ellipses, Dr. Eaton begins with important terms such as foci, major axis, minor axis, and center before moving onto the standard form. She then teaches you about the vertical major axis and how to graph ellipses by completing the square and using the symmetry property. Finally, she finishes with when the center is at (h, k) before diving into four examples which test your new found knowledge.
Understand the meaning and significance of the major and minor axes.
Understand the fundamental equation a2 = b2 + c2 and use it frequently.
Use symmetry to help you graph an ellipse.
Understand the standard formula for the equation of an ellipse.
Know how to put an equation in standard form by completing the square.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.