Question

Find the locus of the foot of the perpendicular drawn from centre upon any tangent to the ellipse .

Solution

Correct option is

 

Any tangent of  is  

         

Equation of the line perpendicular to (i) and passing through (0, 0) is                         

         

  

Substituting the value of m from (ii) in (i) then  

         

  

or changing to polars by putting  it becomes

        .

SIMILAR QUESTIONS

Q1

To find the equation of an ellipse from the definition that ellipse is the locus of a point which moves such that the sum of its distances from two fixed points is constant with the fixed points as foci.

Q2

Find the length of major and minor axes the coordinates of foci and vertices and, the eccentricity of the ellipse 3x2 + 2y2 = 6. Also, find the equation of the directrices.  

Q3

Find the equation of an ellipse whose focus is (–1, 1), eccentricity is  and the directrix is x – y + 3 = 0.

Q4

If the angle between the straight lines joining foci and the ends of the minor axis of the ellipse  is 90o. Find its eccentricity.

Q5

Find the equation of the ellipse referred to its centre whose minor axis is equal to the distance between the foci and whose latus rectum is 10.  

Q6

The extremities of a line segment of length l move in two fixed perpendicular straights lines. Find the locus of that point which divides this line segment in ratio 1 : 2.    

Q7

Find the lengths and equations of the focal radii drawn from the point  on the ellipse 25x2 + 16y2 = 1600.

Q8

 

For what value of λ dose the line y = x + λ touches the ellipse

9x2 + 16y2 = 144.

Q9

Find the equations of the tangents to the ellipse  which are perpendicular to the line y + 2x = 4.

Q10

Find the locus of the points of the intersection of tangents to ellipse  which make an angle θ.