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Find the standard form of the equation of the ellipse. (Remember center is midpoint between either foci or vertices)

(1) 9x^2+4y^2+36x-24y+36=0

(2) Vertices: (0,5)(0,-5)
Passes through the point (4,2)
Centered at the origin

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    for the first one, complete the square :
    9x^2+4y^2+36x-24y+36 = 0
    9(x^2 + 4x + ____) + 4(y^2 - 6y + ____) = -36
    9(x^2 + 4x + 4) + 4(y^2 - 6y + 9) = -36+36+36
    9(x+2)^2 + 4(y-3)^2 = 36
    divide each term by 36
    (x+2)^2/4 + (y-3)^2/9 = 1

    for 2. remember that from the vertices we know a = 5

    standard form with centre at (0,0) is
    x^2/a^2 + y^2/b^2 = 1
    so we have
    x^2/25 + y^2/b^2 = 1
    but (4,2) lies on it, so
    16/25 + 4/b^2 = 1

    I will leave it up to you to solve for b^2, and plug that back into the above equation.

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