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How to see and proof that the hyperbola as a constant difference of distances holds for $\frac{1}{x}$?

I understand that a hyperbola can be defined as the locus of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distance to the foci is $2a$, which is the distance ...
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Find locus of points relating to an ellipse

I would like to find the equation of the following locus. For a big circle C centered at (0,0), the locus of points that the sum of distances to Y-axis and to C is 1, say in the first quadrant, is ...
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Finding a general equation for a quadratic curve passing through three points.

I have three points (250, 0), (500,500) and (750, 0). To find a curve passing through these points all I have to do is plug-in these values into the general quadratic equation: f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c ...
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Equation of the locus of centre of the ellipse?

An ellipse slides between two perpendicular lines. To which family does the locus of the centre of the ellipse belong to?
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Calculating equidistant points around an ellipse arc

As an extension to this question on equiangular fisheye distortion, how can I calculate equidistant points around an ellipse (or 1/4 segment of) given it's aspect ratio? When it's circular, I can use ...
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Problem in Silverman/Tate Rational Points on Elliptic Curves

I'm trying to figure out how to solve the following problem the "right" way. This is problem 1.2 on page 32: Let $C$ be the conic given by the equation $$F(x,y)=ax^2+bxy+cy^2+dx+ey+f = 0$$ ...
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What is the path equation that is created with the middle point of a fixed length line segment that touching both ends to an ellipse.

Ellipse equation is $(\frac{x}{a})^2+(\frac{y}{b})^2=1$ and the length of line segment is $2k$, if we move the line segment all around of the ellipse while touching both ends to the ellipse. What is ...
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Difficult equations to rewrite as ellipses

I have this equality that defines an elliptic boundary. I am trying to rewrite it in the form of the equation of an ellipse, but I am having trouble doing that. How would I go about rewriting this ...
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Why do definitions of distinct conic sections produce a single equation?

I understand how to get from the definitions of a hyperbola — as the set of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distances to two foci at $(-c,0)$ and ...
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Does using an ellipse as a template still produce an ellipse?

Suppose I have a (physical) template, consisting of a piece of stiff sheet plastic with a hole cut in the middle. Suppose the hole is in the shape of an ellipse, say, 8 x 12 inches. Suppose I then ...
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Formula for curve parallel to a parabola

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 ...
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How do I calculate $t$ in the general parametric equation of an ellipse when the point $(x,y)$ is known?

I have the general parametric equation of an ellipse. $$\begin{align*}x&=c_x+a\cos{t}\cos{\alpha}-b\sin{t}\sin{\alpha} \\ y&=c_y+a\cos{t}\sin{\alpha}+b\sin{t}\cos{\alpha}\end{align*}$$ I ...
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Property of an ellipse

I need proof for the following question. Also, I want to know, can we apply the same for other conics. If yes, where and when... Please explain. Show that there exists a point K on the major axis of ...
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A hyperbola as a constant difference of distances

I understand that a hyperbola can be defined as the locus of all points on a plane such that the absolute value of the difference between the distance to the foci is $2a$, the distance between the two ...
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finding hyperbola asymptotes

Given implicit function F(x,y) = 0, how can I find its asymptotes? EDIT: Sorry, my calculations were wrong. Here is correct function: $F(x,y)=\sqrt{(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2} - \sqrt{(x-c)^2 + (y-d)^2} - ...
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Finding standard ellipse characteristics from specific ellipse parametrisation

I have found the following ellipse representation $(x,y)=(x_0\cos(\theta+d/2),y_0\cos(\theta-d/2))$, $\theta \in [0,2\pi]$. This is a contour of bivariate normal distribution with uneven variances and ...
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On deriving the arclength of a hyperbola

In my attempts to derive the closed form for the arclength of the hyperbola, I wound up with the following integral: $$\int\frac{\sqrt{1-m\;\sin^2 u}}{\sin^2 u}\mathrm{d}u$$ I am aware that such ...
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Comprehensive compilation of conic section formulae

My frustration started after hours of searching failed to turn up a formula for the vertex of a parabola in the general form $$Ax^2+Bxy+Cy^2+Dx+Ey+F=0$$ As is already well known, the discriminant ...
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Minimal Ellipse Circumscribing A Right Triangle

Find the equation of the ellipse circumscribing a right triangle whose lengths of it's sides are $3,4,5$ and such that its area is the minimum possible one. You may chose the origin and orientation ...
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Derivation of the formula for the vertex of a Parabola

I'm taking a course on Basic Conic Sections, and one of the ones we are discussing is of a parabola of the form $y = a x^2 + b x + c$ My teacher gave me the formula: $x = -\frac{b}{2a}$ as the $x$ ...