A square is inscribed in the ellipse whose equation is (x^2/ 16) + (y^2/9) = 1. find the coordinates of the vertices of the square and the perimeter and the area of the square.

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- Sep 9th 2012, 01:50 AMrcscoordinates of the vertices of the square
A square is inscribed in the ellipse whose equation is (x^2/ 16) + (y^2/9) = 1. find the coordinates of the vertices of the square and the perimeter and the area of the square.

- Sep 9th 2012, 02:40 AMMarkFLRe: coordinates of the vertices of the square
Hint: Solve the non-linear system:

$\displaystyle \frac{x^2}{16}+\frac{y^2}{9}=1$

$\displaystyle y=x$

This will give you two opposing vertices, from which you may determine the remaining two by symmetry.

From there you should have little difficulty in determining the area and perimeter of the square. - Sep 9th 2012, 02:49 AMkalyanramRe: coordinates of the vertices of the square
As ellipse is symmetric about the origin and square being a cyclic quadrilateral that is symmetric about the origin with all side equal the only possibility is as show in the figure.

Let the side of the square be $\displaystyle 2a$ so the vertices are $\displaystyle (a,a), (a,-a), (-a,a) (-a,-a)$ substituting in the equation of the ellipse we have:

$\displaystyle \frac{a^2}{9} + \frac{a^2}{16} = 1 \implies a = \pm \frac{12}{5} \therefore$ the vertices are $\displaystyle (\frac{12}{5}, \frac{12}{5}), (\frac{12}{5}, -\frac{12}{5}), (-\frac{12}{5}, \frac{12}{5}), (-\frac{12}{5}, -\frac{12}{5})$. The rest can be determined.