"When the minor axis is at least two-thirds the major, the following method ma be used:Make CF and…

"This (five centered arc) method is based on the principle that the radius of curvature at the end of…

"Join A and D. Lay off DF equal to AC-DC. Bisect AF by a perpendicular crossing AC at G and intersecting…

The lines which join corresponding points in an involution on a conic all pass through a fixed point;…

Diagram of a cone with spheres and cut by a plane to depict the conic sections.

Diagram of a cone with inscribed spheres and cut by various planes to depict the conic sections: circle,…

Diagram showing how to construct a conic when given the focus and the auxiliary circle. If the focus…

Diagram showing how to construct a conic when given the focus and the auxiliary circle. The focus is…

Diagram showing how to construct a conic when given the focus and the auxiliary circle. As the focus…

An ellipsograph uses the trammel method to create ellipses.

Create diameters with major, minor axes, or a pair of conjugate diameters. Construct a parallelogram,…

An ellipse can be constructed by pinning three pins and tying an inelastic in tightly around the pins.

Trammel method is a construction of an ellipse using a strip of paper, thin cardboard or sheet celluloid.

"Any noncircular curve may be approximated by tangent circle arcs, selecting a center by trial, drawing…

Illustration of an ellipse with major and minor axes, foci, and points on the ellipse. "An ellipse is…

Illustration showing an ellipse formed by the intersection of the surface of a cone with a plane neither…

Illustration of half of an ellipse. "The ordinates of two corresponding points in an ellipse and its…

Illustration used to draw a an ellipse using string and pins by describing a circles with diameters…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse parallel to two parallel lines A and B. "Draw a…

Illustration of half of an ellipse used to show that the area of an ellipse is equal to pi times a times…

Illustration of a cone cut by a plane that is not parallel to the base and does not intersect the base.

Illustration showing the definition of an ellipse as a conic section. "The section of a right circular…

Illustration showing the definition of an ellipse as a conic section. "The section of a right circular…

Illustration showing the definition of an ellipse as a conic section. The plane cuts the cone obliquely.

Illustration showing the definition of an ellipse as a conic section. The section of a right circular…

An illustration showing the intersection of a plane and a cone. The cone is intersected by a plane neither…

Illustration showing that if one diameter is conjugate to a second, the second is conjugate to the first.

Illustration of half of an ellipse and its auxiliary circle used to construct an ellipse by points,…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse. "With a as a center, draw two concentric circles…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse using a string. "Having given the two axes, set…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse using circle arcs. "Divide the long axis into three…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse using circle arcs. "Given the two axes, set off…

An illustration showing how to construct an ellipse. Given the two axes, set off half the long axis…

Illustration used to draw a an ellipse with major axis AB and minor axis CD.

Diagram showing how to construct an ellipse when given the two foci and the length of the major axis…

Diagram of an ellipse that can used to illustrate the definition. "The constant ration between the distances…

Illustration showing the definition of an ellipse. "An ellipse is a curve which is the locus of a point…

Illustration of half of an ellipse. "If d denotes the abscissa of a point of an ellipse, r and r' its…

Diagram that illustrates "The algebraic sum of the distances of any point from the foci of a conic is…

Illustration of an ellipse, whose major axis is vertical, inscribed in a circle whose diameter is equal…

Illustration of an ellipse with foci F' and F, major axis A' to A, minor axis B' to B, and center O.

Illustration of half of an ellipse. "If through a point P of an ellipse a line is drawn bisecting the…

Illustration of half of an ellipse. The square of the ordinate of a point in an ellipse is to the product…

Illustration showing that tangents drawn at the ends of any diameter are parallel to each other.

Diagram of an ellipse that can used to illustrate the different parts. Segment MN is the major axis,…

Illustration of half of an ellipse. "The sum of the distances of any point from the foci of an ellipse…

Illustration of a rhombus circumscribed about an ellipse. This could also be described as an ellipse…

Illustration showing an ellipse (and circle) as a section from a cylinder.

Illustration of how to draw a tangent to an ellipse from an external point.

Diagram an ellipse with a tangent line that illustrates "A line through a point on the ellipse and bisecting…

Illustration showing the tangents drawn at two corresponding points of an ellipse and its auxiliary…