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Simple properties of reflections in ellipse. (Posted on 2010-05-05) Difficulty: 5 of 5
Given an ellipse defined by its foci and major axis.

Prove that any line inside the ellipse not passing through the line segment joining the two foci when reflected off the ellipse would be tangent to the same inner ellipse as the initial line, with the same pair of foci.

Accordingly, if the line were to originally pass through the line segment joining the foci, the reflection on the ellipse would be tangent to the same hyperbola as the initial line, with the same pair of foci as the original ellipse.

The other possibility would be if the line started of from one focus, its reflection then passes through the other focus. (This degenerate case is known as the optical property of the ellipse, whose proof is much simpler.)

See The Solution Submitted by Vee-Liem Veefessional    
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re: Fifth of May, 2010.Bractals2010-05-06 16:42:22
re: Question.Charlie2010-05-06 11:15:49
QuestionQuestion.Vee-Liem Veefessional2010-05-06 03:55:01
Some ThoughtsFifth of May, 2010.Vee-Liem Veefessional2010-05-06 03:47:35
SolutionAnalytic SolutionBractals2010-05-05 11:37:38
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