# Tagged Questions

Questions on the use of algebraic techniques to prove geometric theorems.

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### How to derive formula for focus of a parabola?

I understand how to obtain the formula for the vertex of a formula, $y= a(x-h) + k$ where $h=-b/2a$ and the vertex is $(h,k)$. However I don't know how to get to $(h,k+1/4a)$. Could someone please ...
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### Ellipse - relation between b such that $F_1P \perp F_2P$

Consider the ellipse $\displaystyle \dfrac{x^2}{a^2} + \dfrac{y^2}{b^2}=1$ with foci $F_1 (-e, 0)$ and $F_2 (0, e)$ (where $e$ is the linear eccentricity). What is the relation between $a$ and $b$ so ...
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### Homogenization of Equations

Say there are two equations: $3x^2+mxy-4x+1=0$ and $2x+y-1=0$. I have to find possible values of $m$ for which lines joining the points of intersection of above two equations are at right angles. I ...
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### Spherical coordinates after rotations in 3D

It's straightforward to derive rotation matrices in 3D space around the x, y and z axes. Those matrices give the new coordinates x', y' and z' in terms of the old components x, y and z and the angle ...
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### Finding the equation of a locus [closed]

Find the equation of the locus of a point which moves so that its distance from (4,-3) is always one-half its distance from (-1,-1) . How to solve it? XD
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### Can a line parallel to axis of parabola also represent tangent at a point along with the one whose slope is found using calculus?

Consider a parabola with the equation $y^2=4x$ its axis is the x-axis and vertex is (0,0) and focus at (1,0). Consider any point on the parabola say (4,4). Now we define tangent at this point as a ...
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### Partition a triangle into equal areas

A piece of wooden board in the shape of an isosceles right triangle, with sides $1$,$1$, $\sqrt{2}$ is to be sawn into two pieces. Find the length and location of the shortest straight cut which ...
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### $ax^2+by^2+2gx+2fy+2hxy+c=0$ : Understanding the equation

Given any second degree equation in $x$ and $y$, $ax^2+by^2+2gx+2fy+2hxy+c=0$ is it possible to find out the centre and/or the axis of the conic section it represents? What information can I ...
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### Getting topological objects from the “cube” of $T^3$

One can imagine $T^3$ much like he can imagine $T^2$: as a flat box with opposite faces identified. One may put coordinates on $T^3$, each of which would logically range from $0$ to $2\pi$. To get ...
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### The expression for reflection of a ray line $ax+by+c=0$ reflected by a mirror whose normal is given by $a'x+b'y+c'=0$.

Using vectors I tried obtain the expression for reflection of a ray line $ax+by+c=0$ reflected by a mirror whose normal is given by $a'x+b'y+c'=0$. The point of intersection is ...
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### Changing the side of a triangle without changing area?

$\triangle ABC$ has vertices $A=(8,2)$, $B=(0,6)$ and $C=(-3,2)$. Point $C$ can be moved along a certain line with points $A$ and $B$ remaining stationary so that the area of $ABC$ will not change? ...
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### How to calculate a point between two angled lines based on distance from the lines?

Please take a look at the picture below for the diagram reference: I am trying to calculate the point where it is perfectly 3.3 cm vertically from the 44.52 cm line AND 5.5 cm horizontally from the ...
### Show that the co-ordinates of the point on the join of $(-3, 7, -13)$ and $(-6, 1, -10)$ which is nearest to the intersection of the planes
Show that the co-ordinates of the point on the join of $(-3, 7, -13)$ and $(-6, 1, -10)$ which is nearest to the intersection of the planes $3x-y- 3z + 32 =0$ and $3x+2y-15z= 8$ is $(-7,-1,-9)$. ...