Questions on conic sections and their properties; the curves formed by the intersection of a plane and a cone. Circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas are examples of conic sections.

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Ellipse and rectangle

An ellipse, whose equation is ${x^2\over9} + {y^2\over4} = 1$, is inscribed within a rectangle whose sides are parallel with the coordinate axes. Another ellipse is circumscribing the rectangle and ...
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Interpreting 3D parametric equations

I've been working through a problem and I have managed to reduce it to the following:$$x=\frac{2r}{3}\cos\theta - \frac{r}{3}\sin\theta$$ $$y=\frac{2r}{3}\sin\theta - \frac{r}{3}\cos\theta$$ $$z = ...
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The focal chord that cuts the parabola $ x^2 = -6y$ at $(6, -6)$ cuts the parabola again at $X$

The focal chord that cuts the parabola $x^2 = -6y$ at $(6, -6)$ cuts the parabola again at $X$. Find the coordinates of $X$. I have been going insane someone please help me :(
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Calculating semi axes from given tilted ellipse equation

Hopefully no duplicate of Ellipse $3x^2-x+6xy-3y+5y^2=0$: what are the semi-major and semi-minor axes, displacement of centre, and angle of incline? (see below) Let the following equation $$x^2 - ...
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What is the size of the opening of a parabola?

What variable affects the size of a parabola in vertex form? Please help me, this is a school homework. Tthank you s much for your help.
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Dandelin spheres and the asymptotes of a hyperbola

The other day, I was reading up on the synthetic geometry of conic sections a bit, and I wondered: is it possible to construct the hyperbola's asymptotes given just the intersecting plane and the ...
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Area swept out by non-solar focus not same over equal time?

Per Kepler's laws, the area swept out by a line between the sun and a planet is equal for a given period of time. The sun is also one focus of the planet's elliptical orbit. What about the area swept ...
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Fit an ellipse with constraints

I'd like to fit an ellipse with the equation of $ x^2 + ay^2 + bx + c =0 $ This is basically the equation of an ellipse with no tilt and with its center on the horizontal axis. I have some ...
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Equivalence of definitions for a conic

I have to prove that these two definitions for the eccentricity of a conic $C$ are equivalent: Ratio between the distance of the points $x$ in $C$ to $f$ its foci and $l$ its directrix. Ratio ...
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Parametric equation of the horizontal Hyperbola

I have to show that the parametric equation of the horizontal hyperbola is given by: $$ x=a \sec\theta \\ y=b \tan \theta $$ where $a$ and $b$ are the distance between the centre and the foci and ...
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Ellipse with center in origin

The purpose is to fit data to a ellipse which center is the origin $(x_0=0,y_0=0)$. I found the general quadratic curve: $$ax^2+2bxy+cy^2+2dx+2fy+g=0$$ Reference: ...
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Development of intersection of two cones and two planes.

(Crossposted on http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/boat-design/development-intersection-two-cones-two-planes-51910.html#post713541 ) It is well known that a cone is a ...
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Funny interconnection between a triangle and the ellipse inscribed

Le $p\in\Bbb R[X]$ be a 3rd degree polynomial. Suppose it has one real root and two complex conjugate roots: these three points forms a triangle in the complex plane. Consider the ellipse inscribed ...
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Show that if an ellipse and a hyperbola have the same foci, then at each point of intersection their tangent lines are perpendicular.

I have to show that: If an ellipse and a hyperbola have the same foci, then at each point of intersection, their tangent lines are perpendicular. So I know that if I prove it for one of the ...
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Find a specific rectangle in an ellipse

For a software developpment, I need to find a rectangle that fits in an ellipse. I have an outer rectangle (left, top, width and height) and a function that draws an ellipse in it. Now I need to know ...
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finding parabola equation by angle and 2 points [closed]

ok so I got a kind of mechanic question. I got two point (0,0) and (8,0) (8 meters between), I got an angle at X=0 of 20 degree and I got deaccelaration of 10 m/sec^2. how can I find the max point of ...
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Rolling ellipse on line - tangent and normal of roulette

Suppose that an ellipse is rolling along a line. If we follow the path of one of the foci of the ellipse as it rolls, then this path formes a curve - namely an undulary. Now consider the following ...
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Grade 10 Quadratic equation

This was on my year 10 maths test and I gave up with 40 mins to complete: Basically you were given the coordinates: y intercept : (0,10) 1 x intercept: (10,0) and y value of the vertex: +15 Can ...
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Why is an ellipse, hyperbola, and circle not a function?

I am aware of the vertical line test. If you place a vertical line over a shape, and if it crosses more than once, it fails the vertical line test and is no longer a function. But I don't understand ...
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Show a curve has no factor of degree 1 or 2

I have to show that $ h(x,y)=y^{2}(x^{2}+x+1)-x^{2} $ has no factors of degree 1 or 2. I know that h contains infinitely many points and is singular at the points (1,0,0), (0,1,0) and (0,0,1). I am ...
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How to convert formulas for different standard parabolas?

There are 4 types of standard parabolas , and I'm supposed to remember many formulas about them like tangent , normal etc. But the problem is , if i know a certain formula for $y^2=4ax $ how can i ...
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help needed in understanding general conics proof

The origin is a centre of a general conic of second degree iff the coefficients of linear terms vanish. $ (\Rightarrow)$ part: Let $$ Q(x,y)\equiv ax^{2}+2h xy+ by^{2} + 2gx+2fy+c=0$$ books ...
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Arc length of parabola between two points

Well lets take a parabola of the equation $y = f(x)$ where $f(x)$ is obviously a $2^{nd}$ degree function. Now lets take two points at $x=a$ and $x=b$ . So can anyone please help me to find that ...
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Focus of a parabola, without derivatives

I have a seemingly easy question, but I have no clue how to find out its answer. I have the function $$f(x)=\tfrac{1}{8} x^2$$ This function is for (a parabolic cross-section through) a paraboloid ...
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transformation of conic section

Given is the conic section $x^2 +xy + y^2 +2x +3y -3 = 0$. The following tasks: 1.) What is the coordinate matrix $A_1 = M_{\beta} (\sigma) $ of the bilinearform? 2.) do the transformation and ...
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Better substitution calculating integral?

I'm calculating $$ \iint\limits_S \, \left(\frac{1-\frac{x^2}{a^2}-\frac{y^2}{b^2}}{1+\frac{x^2}{a^2}+\frac{y^2}{b^2}} \right)^\frac{1}{2} \, dA$$ with $$S =\left\{ (x, \, y) \in \mathbb{R}^2 : ...
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Given area of sector and a starting angle from focus of an ellipse, finding angle needed to get area.

Problem Background: I'm trying to make a rough simulation of Kepler's second law (equal areas over equal time) and to do this I've divided the area of the ellipse into some number of pieces. I want ...
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Conic involving circle question. [duplicate]

The question is: If the curves $ax^2+4xy+2y^2+x+y+5=0$ and $ax^2+6xy+5y^2+2x+3y+8=0$ intersect at four concyclic points then the value of a is???? The options are: a) 4 b) -4 c) 6 d) -6 I've ...
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Graphing Circles, Ellipses, Parabolas, and Hyperbolas

I need help plotting a curve on a graph where the distance from focus1 is always the same ratio to the distance from focus2. For instance, lets assume focus1 is -5 along the x axis, and focus2 is +5 ...
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Find the minimum distance between the curves $y^2-xy-2x^2 =0$ and $y^2=x-2$

How to find the minimum distance between the curves $y^2-xy-2x^2 =0$ and $y^2=x-2$ Let $y^2-xy-2x^2 =0...(1)$ and $y^2=x-2...(2)$ In equation (1) coefficient of $x^2 =-2; y^2=1, 2xy =\frac{-1}{2}$ ...
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Ellipse $3x^2-x+6xy-3y+5y^2=0$: what are the semi-major and semi-minor axes, displacement of centre, and angle of incline?

Given the ellipse $$3x^2-x+6xy-3y+5y^2=0$$ find the following: semi-major axis, $a$ semi-minor axis, $b$ displacement of centre from origin (or coordinates of centre of ellipse $(h,k)$) angle of ...
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Find equation of tangents to hyperbola

$$\frac{x^2}{4} - \frac {y^2}{16} = 1$$ There is a point $(1,2)$ where $2$ lines pass through and are a tangent to both curves. How do I find the equation of both lines?
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Is it possible to calculate the volume of a parabolic arch?

Given that you know the equation of a parabola that only has positive values, is it possible to find the volume of the parabolic arch itself? NOT the volume of space underneath the arch. I asking ...
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Find the area of triangle APB, where P is a point $(a\cos\theta, b\sin\theta)$ on an ellipse and $A, B$ are its radii points $(a,0) (0,b)$

A point $P(a\cos\theta, b\sin\theta)$ sits on the ellipse $\frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$. The points $A$ and $B$ have coordinates $(a,0)$ and $(0,b)$ respectively. Show that the area of ...
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Let P1 = (x1, y1). Describe the set of all points P = (x,y) in R2 such that ||P-P1|| = 9 by identifying the type of conic and finding its equation.

Let P1 = (x1, y1). Describe the set of all points P = (x,y) in R2 such that ||P-P1|| = 9 by identifying the type of conic and finding its equation. I'm sorry, but this question throws me off in many ...
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Find the equation of the locus of the mid-point between an elliptical point and its directrix

I'm struggling with this question: The point $P$ lies on the ellipse $x^2+4y^2=1$ and $N$ is the foot of the perpendicular from $P$ to the line $x=2$. Find the equation of the locus of the ...
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Perimeter of an ellipse intuition help

I am aware that you can take the circumference of an ellipse using an elliptic integral and haven't looked much into it, but that seems to be a bit extreme and i was taking a personal look at conic ...
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Hyperbola problem : From a point P(1,2) pair of tangents are drawn to a hyperbola H in which one tangent to each arm of hyperbola…

Problem : From a point P(1,2) pair of tangents are drawn to a hyperbola H in which one tangent to each arm of hyperbola. Equation of asymptotes of hyperbola H are $\sqrt{3}x -y+5=0$ and ...
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Trying to show that conic section $ax^2 + 2bxy + cy^2 = d$ takes on different shapes.

Note: This is a homework problem. I'm trying to show that conic section $ax^2 + 2bxy + cy^2 = d$ is an ellipse or the empty set if $ac-b^2\gt 0$. There are others to show but if I can understand this ...
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Find the minimum radius of the circle which is orthogonal to two given circles

Problem : Find the minimum radius of the circle which is orthogonal to both the circles $x^2+y^2-12x+35=0$ and $x^2+y^2+4x+3=0$ . Solution : Let the equations : $x^2+y^2-12x+35=0.....(i)$ and ...
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Find the equation of the parabola with its vertex on the line $2y-3x=0$?

Its axis of symmetry is parallel to the x-axis, and it passes through the two points $(3,5)$ and $(6,-1)$
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If the length of tangent drawn from an external point P to the circle of radius $r$ is $l$ , then prove that area…

Problem : If the length of tangent drawn from an external point P to the circle of radius $r$ is $l$ , then prove that area of triangle form by pair of tangent and its chord of contact is ...
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Defining ellipse using points and normal vectors from them

There is an article on how to detect circles in images using pairs of gradient vectors (assuming the circle is dark and background is bright). The thing is that gradient of image intensity at each ...
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Asymmetric hyperbola-type curve? (for fitting to data)

I have this question: what would be the name and equation of a curve which resembles a parabola but has not the requirement of symmetry? So the general parabola equation is: $y=ax^2+bx+c$ I must ...
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Finding angle of a spigot that produces a parabolic fountain of water

I am currently doing a math exploration and I need help in determining how to find the angle of a spigot that would maximize the area under a parabolic fountain. I thought of this topic to ...
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Volume, Lateral Area, and Surface Area of an Elliptic Conical Frustum

What are the formulae for the volume, surface area, and lateral area (i.e. the surface area without the bases) for the above illustrated elliptic conical frustum? I think I've got the volume figured ...
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Conic sections in standard form

I'm trying to convert the equation $$x^2 +2y^2 +4x-4y+4=0$$ into its standard form by choosing a new set of axes. Yet, when I go down the conventional route, there is no xy term so ...
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a problem with Stokes' theorem(curl)

If L is the circle which you get from the intersection between the sphere $$ x^2+y^2+z^2=1, y=x\sqrt(3) $$ and $$ I= \int_L (y-z)dx+(z-x)dy+(x-y)dz $$ so |I| equals to? but i dont understand how the ...
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Parabola max. number

If the directrix and the tangent at vertex of a parabola are given then what is the maximum number of parabolas that can be drawn? Well according to me the answer should be 1 because the distance ...
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Prerequisites for Appolonius Conics?

I want to get Thomas Heath's version of Apollonius's Conic Sections. Does anyone know the prerequisites to understand everything in this book? I heard I would need the Euclid's Elements book on Solid ...