When I tried to square both sides, I ended up getting it simplified to x²+y²= 41

Obviously totally different answers—not sure which is correct and why the other is incorrect.

What is the equation of the ellipse with foci at (0,-3) and (0,3) and the sum of focal radii being 10?

I tried it two different ways and am not sure if either is correct:

First way:

2a=10 so a=5 (sum of focal radii)

Center is (0,0) halfway between foci

c=3

b^2=a^2-c^2 or b^2 = 16

giving me the equation x^2/16 + y^2/25 = 1

Then I tried it like the textbook by using the distance formula:

squareroot of [x² + (y+3)²] + squareroot of [x² + (y-3)²]=10

When I tried to square both sides, I ended up getting it simplified to x²+y²= 41

Obviously totally different answers—not sure which is correct and why the other is incorrect.

When I tried to square both sides, I ended up getting it simplified to x²+y²= 41

Obviously totally different answers—not sure which is correct and why the other is incorrect.

Thank you for your assistance.

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first you can not square both sides as easy as that ans second The first equation is

(x^{2}/25) + (Y^{2}/16) = 1

16x^{2} + 25y^{2} = 400

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