# Tagged Questions

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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### Locus of the centers of the circles tangent to a given line and circle

Say you are given a circle $C$ and a straight line $l$ exterior to the circle. How to describe the set of centers of circle that are tangent to both the $C$ and $l$? I have no idea how to proceed. My ...
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### How to find the length of the focal chord making angle $\theta$ with the axis of parabola?

A focal chord of $Y^2 = 4aX$ makes angle $\theta$ with the axis of the parabola. How can I find the length of the chord? I have used the parametric equation but couldn't go further.
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### Reduction of general conic

The given equation is - $$3x^2 + 2xy + 3y^2 - 32y +92=0$$ To get rid of xy term i used the substitutions - $$x=p+q , y=q-p$$ Then the equation becomes - $$(p-4)^2 + 2(q-2)^2=1$$ which is an ellipse ...
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### Construction of an ellipse

Is it possible to construct an ellipse with a line, compasses and a pencil? If yes, how and why is the construction correct?
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### Finding the equation of a rational function or a conic section given three points

I have a rational equation derived from 2 points, $(2, 2)$ and $(10, 10)$. Solving for the rational equation gives the equation $$y = \frac{20}{12-x}.$$ What I want to happen right now is that given ...
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### Super conic sections?

I know graphs of the form $A x^2 + B xy + C y^2 + D x + E y + F = 0$ are conic sections. But what would happen if I changed the highest power to 3? Would this be a new 3D shape, a 4D version of it, or ...
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### Equivalence of geometric and algebraic definitions of conic sections

I have not been able to find a proof that the following definitions are equivalent anywhere, thought maybe someone could give me an idea: A parabola is defined geometrically as the intersection of a ...
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### Polar equations of circles and ellipses

I have been trying to convert some conic sections from rectangular to polar form. I am fine going the other direction (given polar, convert to rectangular), but am having trouble going the opposite ...
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### How so I put these in Standard form? Circle, Ellipse or Hyperbola?

I need help putting these into standard form so I can graph them. Also need help figuring out which ones are which: $$25x^2-16y^2-150x+64y-239=0$$ $$9x^2+4y^2+54x-64y+301=0$$ $$x^2+y^2-6x+8y+3=0$$
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### How to geometrically prove the focal property of ellipse?

How to prove geometrically that if we have a tangent of ellipse with focus F and F' in point P, that tangent is bisector of the angle between a line joining focus F to point P and the line F'P outside ...
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### Explanation of graphical mathematical anomaly (for me, anyways)

I was working on some competition stuff when I came across the equation $y^2+2xy-x^2 = 0$, and the thing that surprised me was, when I graphed it, I got these two perpendicular lines at the origin, ...
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### The intersection points are collinear

It is given a hexagon inscribed in a conic section. I want to prove that the pairs of opposite site intersect at three points of the projective plane that are collinear. How could we do this? ...
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### What's the standard form of the equation of a line of a slanted parabola?

I have been trying to figure out the general form of a slanted parabola, but what I've gotten doesn't look like it would be accurate:$$(x-h)^2+(y-k)^2=\dfrac{d}{\sqrt{h}}$$Where $(h,k)$ is the focus, ...
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### Real world application of slanted conics (parabolae especially)

I am writing a report on slanted conics of the form $$(x-h)^2+(y-k)^2= \dfrac{d}{\sqrt h}$$ Where $(h, k)$ is the focus, and $d$ is the directrix. Are there any real world applications for slanted ...
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### angular velocity around ellipse

If I have velocity at perihelion/apphelion, distance away from sun at perihelion/apphelion, and orbital period. How can I find the angular velocity function for earth and subsequently all the other ...
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### Classifying complex conics up to isomorphism as quotient rings of $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$

This is a continuation of the question I asked here. The problem is now: Let $Q = ax^2 + bxy + cy^2 + dx + ey + f \in \mathbb{C}[x,y]$ be a general quadratic polynomial, that is, $a,b,c \not= 0$. ...
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### Find the Locus of the Orthocenter

Vertices of a variable triangle are $$(3,4)\\ (5\cos\theta,5\sin\theta) \\ (5\sin\theta,-5\cos\theta)$$ where $\theta \in \mathbb R$. Given that the orthocenter of this triangle traces a conic, ...
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### Calculate tangent point on ellipse

I'm trying to find a tangent point on an ellipse. Trying a lot, using answers found a.o. on this site, but obviously doing something wrong as I'm not getting any good results. I've added a sketch, to ...
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### Help creating equation for parabola word problem?

The cables of a suspension bridge create a parabola. The towers are 600 feet apart and 80 feet tall. If the cable touches the road halfway between the towers, what is the height of the cable at a ...
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