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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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Catenary and parabola minimum comparison

Do the catenary and a parabola that approximates the catenary, have the same minimum (maximum sag)? IF plotted, it looks to me they do, and that they only difer somewhere on the "slope". (sorry for ...
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Ellipse as projection of a disk - function describing ellipse diameter with disk rotation?

Say I have got a disk of radius $r$ and a plane $p$ in $3D$ space. The disk is "aligned" to $p$ and lies at an arbitrary distance, so that its orthogonal projection on $p$ is an identical disk of ...
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Solving $\frac{\mathrm d^2\mathbf{q}}{\mathrm dt^2} = -\frac{\mathbf{q}}{|\mathbf{q}|^3}$

I am reading a set of course notes and it has this example of a system of differential equations given by $$\frac{\mathrm d^2\bf{q}}{\mathrm dt^2} = -\frac{\bf{q}}{|\bf{q}|^3}$$ All it says is that ...
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Determining if two general conic sections are tangent to each other

Given two conics in general form $A_ix^2 + B_ixy + C_iy^2 + D_ix + E_iy + F_i = 0$ for $i = 1, 2$, I want to determine if they are tangent to one another, and I'm looking for a method that wouldn't be ...
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$P$ is a point on a hyperbola whose focal points are $F_1$ and $F_2$. $Q$ on the line that bisects $\angle F_1PF_2$. Prove $|PF_1-PF_2|>|QF_1-QF_2|$.

$\require{cancel}$ Sorry for the grammatical mistake in the title; it was needed to keep the title under 150 characters. $P$ is a point on a hyperbola whose focal points are $F_1$ and $F_2$. $Q$ is ...
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Equation of parabola confusion

I am having a confusion regarding the equation of a parabola. My teacher told me that it is in the form (axis of parabola)^2=4(vertex tangent). I feel that (vertex tangent)^2 should be 4(axis of ...
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Finding the area of an equilateral triangle on an ellipse

The question is as follows: Let $E$ be an ellipse with major axis length $4$ and minor axis length $2$. Inscribed an equilateral triangle $ABC$ in $E$ such that $A$ lies on the minor axis and $BC$ is ...
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Can one prove Brianchon's theorem using Ceva's theorem?

Can I prove Brianchon's theorem using Ceva's? I am also wondering if parabola and hyperbola can be inscribed in a hexagon?
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Why does the focus point distances of an ellipse sum up to the length of the major axis diameter

Why does the distances from the focus points of an ellipse to arbitrary point in the ellipse sum up to the length of the diameter of the ellipse in the major axis? In other words, how to prove: I ...
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