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2. Relevant equations

Lagrance Multipliers.

3. The attempt at a solution

This is a pretty dumb question, and I feel a little embarassed asking but..

I know how to do the Lagrange part (I think). I'm assuming you maximize/minimize the distance, [itex]\sqrt{x^{2} + y^{2} + z^{2}}[/itex] subject to the constraints of the ellipse.

The part I'm having trouble with is finding the constraints of the ellipse - could someone help point me in the right direction?

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# Homework Help: Lagrange on an Ellipse to find Max/Min Distance

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