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We need to find the equation of an ellipse of the form x^2/a^2 + y^2/b^2 = 1 with eccentricity 1/2 and the distance between the foci equal to 2.
c = a*e = distance from center to either of the foci. c = 1, e = (1/2)
=> 1 = a*(1/2)
=> a = 2
b = sqrt (a^2 - c^2)
=> sqrt ( 2^2 - 1^2)
=> sqrt 3
The equation of the ellipse is x^2/4 + y^2/3 = 1
Why the centre of the ellipse must be on (0,0)?
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