Education Technology

Properties of Ellipses

Published on 03/19/2009

Activity Overview

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.