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Rotating Ellipses

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Nick Halsey



Two ellipses rotate within a third such that the two smaller ellipses are always tangent to each other and the larger ellipse. Adjusting the variable X demonstrates this rotation. All three ellipses are constrained only by their implicit equations, and the moving ellipses’ equations include functions of X that allow them to rotate. Can you figure out what the equations are (the other constants in the equations are a, b, h, and k)?

Tags: Ellipses, conics, puzzler
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