I have a simple parabola in the form $y = a + bx^2$. I would like to find the formula for a curve which is parallel to this curve by distance $c$. By parallel I mean that there is an equal distance along a line perpendicular to the tangent to my curve at all points.
I've established that the curve isn't in the form $y = a + c + dx^2$, whilst I can make this satisfy for $x=0$ and $x$ equal to one other number is isn't valid across the range.
Any help much appreciated.