This NSpire Activity examines the reflective property and the distance property of a ellipse.
Before the Activity
Students need to be familar with the definition of an ellipse. The following vocabulary should be covered before this activity: foci, vertices, focal distance. They should be familar with the NSpire units. Teachers should preload the TNS file on the NSpire units via Connect to Class.
During the Activity
Students will open EllipseProperties.tns and follow the directions in the MoreProertiesofanEllipse handout.
After the Activity
Teacher should go over the results of the student observations.