Eccentricity of an ellipse is defined as the ratio of the distance between the centre of the ellipse and each focus to the length of the semi-major axis.
It is given that Vp and Va are the velocities of the planet at the perigee and apogee, respectively.
Now, let a be the semi-major axis of the ellipse and e is the eccentricity of the elliptical orbit.
Then, Vp/Va = a(1+e)/a(1−e) or, Vp(1−e) = Va (1+e)
cross multiplying both the sides or, Vp−eVp = Va +eVa or,
e(Vp+Va)=(Vp−Va) taking the like terms on the same sides or,
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