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"The mean distance from the sun to Mars is 141.7 million miles. If the eccentricity of the orbit of Mars is .093, determine the maximum distance that Mars orbits from the sun."

So basically what it is asking for is half the length of the major axis right?

And from what I could figure (a+b)/2 = 141.7 million. And that .093 = c/a. But how would I be able to solve for the a value?

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# Ellipse Word Problem

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