Q: What is the shortest line across an ellipse called?

Write your answer...

Submit

Still have questions?

Continue Learning about Math & Arithmetic

The answer will depend on what, if anything, the line segments have to do with the ellipse.

No it cannot. A polygon is a plane space enclosed by straight lines. An ellipse consists of a curved line, not straight lines.

yes half of that line is called the radius (used to calculate the area of a circle)

If the eccentricity was 0 the ellipse would instead be a circle, and if the eccentricity was 1 it would be a straight line segment.

The shortest path is a line perpendicular to the given line that passes through the given point.

Related questions

The line of bisection of an ellipse is called the tangent.

The major axis is the line that joins the two foci (focuses) of the ellipse. If all you have is a picture of an ellipse and you don't know where the foci are, you can still find the major axis in a few seconds: It's the longest possible line that you can draw completely inside the ellipse, and it's the line straight across the ellipse between the two opposite "points of the egg".

radius

The orbit of a planet around the sun is called an ellipse.

Ovallike an egg.hey how did u create that question please tell me^ that is so not the answer -.- An ellipse is an oval with a line going down the middle and a line going across. thatd make it look like a square (kinda) inside the oval :D

None; an ellipse is a smooth curve, not a line.

An ellipse has two lines of mirror symmetry: the line that includes the two foci of the ellipse and the perpendicular bisector of the segment of that line between the two foci.

The answer will depend on what, if anything, the line segments have to do with the ellipse.

In a right angle triangle, the line across from the riht angle is called the hypotenuse.

straight line

The shortest path between two points is called a geodesic. In flat (Euclidean) space it is simply a straight line.

A line.