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    Another ellipse question...

    I'm stuck on yet another problem...

    The point P(acost, bsint) on the ellipse with the equation:
    x^2/(a^2)+y^2/(b^2)=1
    is joined to the point A (a.0) and M is the mid-point of AP. As t varies, find a cartesian equation of the locus of M.

    Can anyone help please?
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    The midpoint of the straight line joining P(a\cos{t},b\sin{t}) and A(a,0) is

    M\left(\frac{a\cos{t}+a}{2},\frac{b\sin{t}+0}{2}\r  ight)

    So, for the locus of M, we have

    x\ =\ \frac{a}{2}\,(\cos{t}+1)

    y\ =\ \frac{b}{2}\,\sin{t}

    Eliminate t and you have the Cartesian equation for the locus of M.
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