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Ellipse Drawing

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  • Subject: [mg40170] Ellipse Drawing
  • From: caroline nyhan <caznyhan at>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 03:01:54 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I have a question concerning using mathematica to draw
the cross-sectional pattern of the polarisation

I want to know how I would draw an ellipse, in the XY
plane, with propagation in the positive z-direction,
by specifying its 
- azimuth (angle that the major axis of the
cross-sectional ellipse makes with the horizontal
x-axis (positive when counterclockwise from x-axis)) 
- ellipticity (measure of the fatness of the ellipse,
(ratio of the lengh of the semi-minor axis to that of
the semi-major axis))


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