An ellipse uses addition and a hyperbola uses subtraction.Ellipse: x2/a + y2/b = 1Hyperbola: x2/a - y2/b = 1
Both the ellipse and the hyperbola has an x squared and a y squared term. In the ellipse, they are both positive. In the hyperbola, one of them is negative. Example: 3x^2 /36 + 5y^2 / 64 = 1 (ellipse) 3x^2 / 36 - 5y^2 / 64 = 1 (hyperbola)
In contrast, for an ellipse it is the ''sum'' of these distances that is a constant
The difference, major or not, is that an eclipse and a hyperbola are not related, at all. You might have meant to say "Ellipse". In that case, an ellipse is a closed line shape of which the left and right bouts are symmetrical and the top and bottom bouts are also symmetrical. A hyperbola can never close, and only its left and right parts are symmetrical.
An ellipse, a hyperbola.
A hyperbola is another form of a conical section graph like a parabola or ellipse. Its general form is x^2/a - y^2/b = 1.
The answer depends on whether they are the foci of an ellipse or a hyperbola.
A circle is perfectly round and an ellipse is oval.