# How do you write an equation for an ellipse given endpoints of the major axis at (2,2) and (2,-10) and endpoints of the minor axis at (0,-4) and (4,-4)?

##### 1 Answer

Jan 16, 2017

#(x-2)^2/16+(y+3)^2/36=1#

#### Explanation:

Find the center of the ellipse

#(x,y)=(2+2)/2,(2+(-10))/2=2,-5#

The Ellipse center is

#(x-h)^2/b^2+(y-k)^2/a^2=1#

#(h,k) = (2,-3)#

#a# is the major axis

#b# is the minor axis

#a=6#

#b=4#

Then the equation is -

#(x-2)^2/4^2+(y+3)^2/6^2=1#

#(x-2)^2/16+(y+3)^2/36=1#