So I have the equation:

I'm pretty sure its an ellipse so I tried to start putting it in the standard form of an ellipse.

But how can I make the right side equal 1 instead of 1/3 and not having thing multiplying by x or y?

- Feb 20th 2011, 08:02 PMthyrgleNeed help figuring out how to write and equation in the standard form of an ellipse.
So I have the equation:

I'm pretty sure its an ellipse so I tried to start putting it in the standard form of an ellipse.

But how can I make the right side equal 1 instead of 1/3 and not having thing multiplying by x or y? - Feb 20th 2011, 08:51 PMsa-ri-ga-ma
You can write the last but one step as

x^2/(4/3) + (y+1)^2 = 1 - Feb 21st 2011, 12:45 AMskoker
you need to add on both sides. then divide. you would subtract the 4 if it was a function with no '=' sine