I need to calculate this elipse:

1. c^{2}=1

2. c^{2}=4

I need to calculate direction and the length of large and small axis of the ellipse.

(hint: own vector and Eigenvalues)

Thanks for your help. :)

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- March 21st 2013, 10:45 AMmikeno80length of large and small axis of the ellipse
I need to calculate this elipse:

1. c^{2}=1

2. c^{2}=4

I need to calculate direction and the length of large and small axis of the ellipse.

(hint: own vector and Eigenvalues)

Thanks for your help. :)

- March 22nd 2013, 05:33 AMchiroRe: length of large and small axis of the ellipse
Hey mikeno80.

This looks like a problem involving quadratic forms:

Principal axis theorem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - March 22nd 2013, 06:03 AMHallsofIvyRe: length of large and small axis of the ellipse
One method: if we rotate and xy-coordinate system through angle , we have new coordinatex x' and y' such that:

Replace x and y in your equation by those, combine like powers of x' and y' and choose so that the coefficient of x'y' is 0.

Another method: write the equation in matrix form, .

Since that is a symmetric matrix, it can be "diagonalized". Find its eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Taking P to be the matrix having the eigenvectors as columns, we can write where D is the diagonal matrix having the eigenvalues of A on its diagonal. Rewrite the equation as [tex](x^TP)P{-1}AP(P^{-1}x)= yDy= c[tex]. Since D is diagonal, that equation will have no "xy" term.

I notice that your "hint" refers to eigenvalues and eigenvectors so apparently you already know the second method. So where is your difficulty? Have you found the eigenvalues? Have your found the eigenvectors? - March 23rd 2013, 09:42 AMmikeno80Re: length of large and small axis of the ellipse
I did find and .

and .

Is this correnct and whati is the length of the axis?