Drawing an Ellipse Using Circles and Lines

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This Demonstration shows how to draw a piecewise-linear approximation to an ellipse using two concentric circles and radial lines. The radii of the two circles are the lengths of the semi-minor and semi-major axes.

Contributed by: Eric Schulz (Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington) (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




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