# SOLUTION: would an elipse be a function? why or why not?

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 Question 215994: would an elipse be a function? why or why not?Answer by RAY100(1637)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!a function is limited to a relationship that has one y for each x . This can be checked with the vertical line test,,where a vertical line is passed thru the figure, and for every x position, there should be only one y value. . . If we look at the shape of an ellipse, we will always have two values of y for every one value of x, . . Therefore an ellipse is NOT a function .