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Re: Ellipse Drawing


Hi,

something like:

ellipse[a_, b_, phi_, point_] := Module[{th},
    Line[Append[#, 0] + point & /@ ({{Cos[phi], Sin[phi]},
                  {-Sin[phi], Cos[phi]}}.# & /@ 
            Table[{a*Cos[th], b*Sin[th]}, {th, 0, 2Pi, 2Pi/36}])]
    ]

Show[Graphics3D[
    Table[ellipse[2, 1, th, {0, 0, th}], {th, 0, Pi, Pi/8}]]]


Regards
  Jens

caroline nyhan wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I have a question concerning using mathematica to draw
> the cross-sectional pattern of the polarisation
> ellipse.
> 
> 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))
> 
> Thanks
> Caroline
> 
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