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A model of a planet shows a satellite moving in an elliptical orbit about the planet. The closest distance from the centre of the satellite to the centre of the planet in the model is 3 m and the longest distance is 8m.

a) Determine a possible equation for the orbit of the satellite.

b) Sketch the orbit of the satellite showing the position of the planet.

  • math - ,

    mmhh, sure looks like they are just giving you the b and the a values of the general equation of an ellipse.

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