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**lpaige2004** Hi.

I'm trying to figure out the path of Jupiter around the sun.

It is an ellipse, so I'm trying to get it into the x^2/a^2+y^2/b^2=1 form.

I have the minimum (460,000,000 miles) and maximum(508,000,000 miles) distances.

My teacher has given me three equations to work with, to help me figure the problem out:

Max distance+Min distance=length of Major Axis

A=Length of major axis/2

Major axis-Minor axis/2=C

With these three equations, I have the following information:

Major Axis=968,000,000 miles

A=484,000,000 miles

B=?

C=?

I was wondering if someone could explain how to figure out the minor axis?

Also, the sun is at a point of (C,0) ...so does that mean that my C value would be the C in that ordered pair?