In this page 'Example II' we are going to see how to get the equation of normal for the given ellipse.

Find the equation of normal to the ellipse x²/4 + y²/12 =1 at (-1,3).

Solution:

The equation of normal at (x₁, y₁) is

a²x/x₁ - b²y/y₁ = a²-b².

Here (x₁, y₁) is (-1, 3), a² =4 and b² =12

The required equation of normal is

4x/(-1) - 12y/3 = 4-12

Simplifying,

-4x - 4y = -8

x + y = 2

The above equation is the required equation of normal to the given ellipse.

Find the equation of the normal to the ellipse x²/16+y²/48 = 1 at (2,4).

Solution:

The equation of normal at (x₁, y₁) is

a²x/x₁ - b²y/y₁ = a²-b².

Here (x₁, y₁) is (2,4), a² =16 and b² =48

The required equation of normal is

16x/(2) - 48y/4 = 16-48

Simplifying,

8x - 12y = -32

2x -3y = -8

The above equation is the required equation of normal to the given ellipse.

Find the equation of the normal to the ellipse 3x²+2y²=5 at (-1,1).

Solution:

The equation of normal at (x₁, y₁) is

a²x/x₁ - b²y/y₁ = a²-b².

The equation of normal at (x₁, y₁) is

x²/5/3 - y²/5/2 = 1.

5/3 (x)/(-1) - 5/2(y)/1 = 5/3 - 5/2

5/3 (x) + 5/2 (y) = 5/6

10x + 15y = 5

2x + 3y = 1

The above equation is the required equation of the normal.

The normal at the end of the latus rectum of the ellipse x²/a² +y²/b² =1 intersects the major axis at G. Prove that CG = ae³ where C is the centre of the ellipse.

Solution:

Latus rectum of the ellipse at (ae, b²/a)

The equation of the normal drawn is a²x/ae - b²ya/b² = a²-b²

ax/e - ay = a²-b²

This meets 'a' on the major axis, y=0

ax/e = a²-b² =e²a²

x = e²a².e/a

x = ae³

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- Find the equation of normal to the ellipse x²/36+y²/49 = 1 at (2,4).
- Find the equation of normal to the ellipse 2x²+3y²=5 at (1,-1).
- Find the equation of normal to the ellipse 4x²+9y²=36 at (2,2).

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