My frustration started after hours of searching failed to turn up a formula for the vertex of a parabola in the general form
As is already well known, the discriminant $\Delta=B^2-4AC$ can be used to diagnose the type of conic one has if it it given in the general form. Other useful formulae I found in the midst of searching include the formula for the slope of the principal axis:
the eccentricity (intended only for elliptic or hyperbolic cases)
and the coordinates of the center for a central conic (I won't list it here so you can figure it out or find it yourself ;) ), but there were no formulae given for finding the coordinates of the vertex of a parabola.
Of course, for the parabola case, I could rotate axes, find the vertex through completing the square, and then rotate back, but I was hoping somebody already went through the trouble of deriving a formula so I don't have to reinvent the wheel.
On to my query: is there a comprehensive compilation (book, article) somewhere of formulae related to dealing with conic sections? The implicit Cartesian form is what I'm currently dealing with, but lists relating to other forms (polar, parametric) are welcome as well.