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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Find the surface area of the part of the paraboloid $ z=5-(x^2 + y^2)$ that lies between the planes $z=0$ and $z=1$.

I have the following math question: Find the surface area of the part of the paraboloid $ z=5-(x^2 + y^2)$ that lies between the planes $z=0$ and $z=1$. So far i have computed $\sqrt{fx^2+fy^2+1}$ ...
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Find equations of the ellipses given conditions on the directrices, foci, and vertices

The ellipses have their centers at the origin and their major axes on the $x$-axis. Find the equation: with distance between directrices $27$, and between foci $3$; with a focus at $(-\sqrt{13},0)$ ...
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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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Finding equation of directrix when the parametric equation of parabola is given.

If the parametric equation of the parabola is $( x = t^2 + 1 , y = 2t + 1 )$, then find the equation of the directrix. This was the question in my last test in which I got stuck and wasted much of my ...
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finding $\lambda$ when equation of parabola is given

If the equation $\lambda x^2 + 4xy + y^2 + \lambda x + 3y + 2 = 0$ represents a parabola. Then find $\lambda$. I got stuck in this question while solving parabola. Is here anybody who can help me ...
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Equation of parabola with focus and tangent [on hold]

What is the equation of parabola whose focus is $(1,1)$ and the tangent at vertex is $x+y=1$?
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Prove that the locus is a parabola

The point P(x,y) moves in XY plane such as that its distance from a fixed point (0,-1) is equal to its distance from the line Y=1. Prove that the locus is a parabola. Find it's focus, directrix, ...
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Finding the asymptotes of a general hyperbola

I'm looking to find the asymptotes of a general hyperbola in $Ax^2 + Bxy + Cy^2 + Dx + Ey + F = 0$ form, assuming I know the center of the hyperbola $(h, k)$. I came up with a solution, but it's too ...
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Curvature of track of focal point

Prove: A ellipse pure roll on a line l,show that the centripetal acceleration of F1 is 0 if F1F2∥l.
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Predicting Bending of Plywood (Conical Shapes)

I'm building a NASCAR-style banked track for 1/27 scale RC cars, and I'm trying to predict the bends I need to cut to produce the banked track I want. I've already built some simple banked pieces, ...
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Application of derivative - tangents to latus rectum

Drawn thru the focus of parabola is a chord perpendicular to the axis of the parabola. Two tangent lines are drawn through the points of intersection of the chord and the parabola. Prove that the ...
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Calculating Intersection of an Ellipse and a Line

I found this page which gave me some equations on solving the intersection of a line with an ellipse given a point on the line and the slope of the line: There Isn't much explanation but ...
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General “Conics” of higher degrees?

A general conic has the form $Ax^2 + Bxy + Cy^2 + Dx + Ey + F = 0$. I understand that there are certain properties of this equation that make it special and allow us to classify the different types of ...
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Non linear least square ellipse fitting

I am trying to find a Non linear leasts squares ellipse fit for a set of 100 data points data points $(x,y)$. Now i have found the values of $A,B,C,D,E,F$ according to the conical equation of the ...
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Equal angles formed by the tangent lines to an ellipse and the lines through the foci.

Given an ellipse with foci $F_1, F_2$ and a point $P$. Let $T_1, T_2$ the points of tangency on the ellipse determined by the tangent lines through $P$. Show that $\widehat {T_1 P F_1} = \widehat {T_2 ...
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Movable “light” in 3d enviroment

A light-emitting object is suspended in a 3 dimensional environment at a known position (eg: X=0, Y=0, Z=10). The object emits light with a certain beam pattern; it is not omnidirectional. The ...
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“Conic sections” that are really just two straight lines

My teacher was teaching co-ordinate geometry and today he said that the following equation will always represent a conic section:$$ax^2+by^2+2hxy+2gx+2fy+c=0$$ Then he said that if the determinant of ...
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proof that intersection of two conic sections will intersect at at least two points.

In the following equation $\rho(x,y)$ returns a constant value for a given coordinate. $\mathbf n$ is the normal vector to the surface of the form $[P,Q,-1]$ and $s$ is a direction vector. ...
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How to derive the equation of a parabola given a focus and a directrix not parallel to the x or y axis?

I was wondering if it is possible to derive a general form of a parabola given any focus and directrix. So far all the materials I have come across only show the derivation for a parabola equation ...
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The reflective property of ellipses

I have following question to proof: An ellipse is revolved about its major axis to generate an ellipsoid. The inner surface of the ellipsoid is silvered to make a mirror. Show that a ray of light ...
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What is the cone of the conic section?

Given the general (real valued) equation of a conic section: $$ A x^2 + B xy + C y^2 + D x + E y + F = 0 $$ Then what is the circular cone associated with it ? Is it unique ? And is there a way to ...
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How to find the tangent vector for intersection of two cones?

Let two points $A=(x_{0},y_{0},z_{0})$ and $B=(x_{1},y_{1},z_{1})$ are given vertex of two cones and the generating angle of two cones are $m$. Intersection of two cones could be either an ellipse or ...
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Relationship between ellipsoid radii and eigenvalues

I should start by saying that I haven't done algebra for very long time. I recently have some work related to algebra, so I need some help to speedup. I went through a theorem in the book stating the ...
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Conic Sections Parameter set constraints

Given the general equation $Ax^2 + Cy^2 + Dx + Ey + F = 0$, what constraints on the set $\{A,C,D,E,F\}$ will apply if the equation represents a (a) parabola? (b) ellipse? (c) hyperbola? Firstly, I ...
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Projective and affine conic classification

I have a doubt on the classification of non-degenerate conics (parabola, ellipse, hyperbola) in projective geometry (my textbook is "Multiple View Geometry in Computer Vision", which, as the title ...
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Axis aligned and non aligned ellipses and semi definite programming

Let's say I have a equation $$X_1^T \Omega X_1 =1 $$ $X_1$ is a $2\times 1$ matrix. $\Omega$ is a $2\times 2$ matrix. This defines an ellipse. $\Omega$ is a positive, semi definite, symmetric ...
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How to go from this equation to the equation of an hyperbola

I've seen that $x*y=1$ graphs an hyperbola, but I am struggling to get that equation to the form $\frac{x^2}{a^2}-\frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$. How can I do this? Ultimately, what I want is to be able to ...
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Edited parabola question

I am confused with the equation of a parabola. My teacher told me that it is in the form $$\text{(axis of parabola)}^2=4\text{(vertex of parabola)}$$ I feel that $\text{(the axis on which the vertex ...
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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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Only one normal can pass through the focus of the parabola $x^2=4ay$

I've been having trouble with the following question: Show that only one normal can pass through the focus of the parabola $x^2=4ay$ and find from which point on the parabola it originates. ...
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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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Ellipse circumference calculation method?

Actually I know how to calculate the circumference of an ellipse using two methods and each one of them giving me different result. The first method is using the formula: ...
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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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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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Properties of the positive definite Hessian matrix of a convex function

I'm reading about nonlinear programming and I'm having trouble understanding the cool properties that a positive definite Hessian matrix $Q$ of $n$-dimensional function $f: \mathbf{R}^n\rightarrow ...
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Find depth of a half-filled parabolic cross-section

Given a cross-section of an object that is parabolic in shape, how do you find the depth of the object when it is "half full". A full example given in an exam: A long trough whose cross-section ...
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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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Determining the direct and transverse tangent lines for two non-overlapping ellipses

I am trying to determine the direct and transverse lines for two non-overlapping ellipses. I specifically mean that the two ellipses are totally separated from each other with no shared regions. I ...
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How to determine the point at a set length along a given function (parabola)?

Given a specific function, a parabola in this instance, I can calculate the length of a segment using integrals to sum infinite right angled triangles hypotenuse lengths. My question is, can I reverse ...
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Minimal number of points to define a rotated ellipse?

What is the minimal number of points $N$ to uniquely define the semi-major axis $a$, the semi-minor axis $b$ and the rotation angle $\omega$ of an ellipse whose the center is known/fixed (this is ...
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How can convert the general form of ellipse equation in the standard form?

How can convert the general form of ellipse equation in the standard form? $$-x+2y+x^2+xy+y^2=0$$ Thank you in advance?
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The chord length along an ellipse.

How do I calculate the chord length of ellipse? I need to design a blade vane rotating inside an elliptical profile. The blade is supposed to be in contact with ellipse with a maximum clearance of ...
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Find normal to ellipse through arbitrary points

I want to find the normal to ellipse through an arbitrary point. There is an array of points located arround a given ellipse (but not on ellipse curve). What I want to find is the normal of each of ...
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equation for parabola --> Equation for parabolic basin

I have a parabolic basin which i am trying to find the equation for so I can reproduce it. I have taken $3$ points along one line of it to find the equation of the parabola, and I'm wondering if there ...
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Equation for the length of a chord parallel to either the minor or major axis in an ellipse

I am looking for a way to compute the length of any chord parallel to the minor (or major) axis of an ellipse. In all cases I know the lengths of both axes, and the distance between the chord and axis ...
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Need a parabolic equation using two points and the slope at those points.

Can someone give me a function to solve any parabolic equation that has two known points with known slopes? Thanks much. Example: Point 1: (x1, y1), slope a Point 2: (x2, y2), slope b
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intersection of cone axis with plane

So when the plane intersect the cone, the intersection is a conic. Is (or when is) the axis (of the cone) intersection with the plane the focus of the conic?
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find an ellipsoid given its intersection with axes and knowing the lengths of its principal axes

My question is about ellipsoids. I have an ellipsoid in 3D centered at zero so it has an equation: $x^T U \Sigma^2 U^T x = 1$ I know the lengths of it's principal axes (therefore the $\Sigma$ ...
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Normal to Ellipse and Angle at Major Axis

I've tried to detail my question using the image shown in this post. . Consider an ellipse with 5 parameters $(x_C, y_C, a, b, \psi)$ where $(x_C, y_C)$ is the center of the ellipse, $a$ and $b$ are ...
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Help with finding the arithmetic mean of all the radii from the center to the edge of an ellipse?

So far I approached this problem computationally, I decided to take all the radii add them up, by distance formula, then divide by the number of radaii. To make the distribution even, I rotated the ...