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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Determining the angle degree of an arc in ellipse?

Is it possible to determine the angle in degree of an arc in ellipse by knowing the arc length, ellipse semi-major and semi-minor axis ? If I have an arc length at the first quarter of an ellipse and ...
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Finding Intersection of an ellipse with another ellipse when both are rotated

Equation of first ellipse=> $$\dfrac {((x-xFirstEllipseCenterPoint)\cdot \cos(A)+(y-yFirstEllipseCenterPoint)\cdot \sin(A))^2}{(a_1^2)}+\dfrac{((x-xFirstEllipseCenterPoint)\cdot ...
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How to find an ellipse , given 2 passing points and the tangents at them?

Please answer to a question , how to find an ellipse which passes the 2 given points and has the given tangents at them. And one related question is that the given condition can decide just one ...
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The locus of two perpendicular tangents to a given ellipse

For a given ellipse, find the locus of all points P for which the two tangents are perpendicular. I have a trigonometric proof that the locus is a circle, but I'd like a pure (synthetic) geometry ...
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How to find the center of an ellipse?

I have the following data:- I have two points ($P_1$, $P_2$) that lie somewhere on the ellipse's circumference. I know the angle ($\alpha$) that the major-axis subtends on x-axis. I have both the ...
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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 $x$ ...
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Intersection of conics using matrix representation

I came across a very interesting section of a wikipedia article on conics: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conic_section#Intersecting_two_conics I am trying to work out a couple of examples to add to ...
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Calculating Distance of a Point from an Ellipse Border

I'm thinking about using oriented ellipses to represent curves (dents/bumps etc.) in my physics engine, and have a few questions about working with them: What methods are there to finding the ...
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Geometric construction of hyperbolic trigonometric functions

If we have a circle we can geometrically construct the trigonometric functions as shown. The functions all derive from sin and cos. If we say that the circle is a conic section and imagine it on the ...
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Finding Eccentricity from the rotating ellipse formula

I see that from a normal ellipse formula, we can acquire the eccentricity via this formula here. However, for this formula (1): $A(x − h)^2 + B(x − h)(y − k) + C(y − k)^2 = 1$ When parameter $B ...
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Check if a point is within an ellipse

I have an ellipse centered at $(h,k)$, with semi-major axis $r_x$, semi-minor axis $r_y$, both aligned with the Cartesian plane. How do I determine if a point $(x,y)$ is within the area bounded by ...
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Area of an ellipse

An ellipse has equation : $$ Ax^2 + Bxy + Cy^2 + Dx + Ey + F =0$$ Can you provide an optimum method to find it's area?
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How to partition area of an ellipse into odd number of regions?

Is it possible to divide an ellipse into 3,5 or 7 etc. parts of equal area? If yes then how? Describe a circle around the ellipse and the circle of an equilateral triangle we construct. Projection ...
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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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Do “Parabolic Trigonometric Functions” exist?

The parametric equation $$\begin{align*} x(t) &= \cos t\\ y(t) &= \sin t \end{align*}$$ traces the unit circle centered at the origin ($x^2+y^2=1$). Similarly, $$\begin{align*} x(t) ...
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What is the real life use of hyperbola? [closed]

The point of this question is to compile a list of applications of hyperbola because a lot of people are unknown to it and asks it frequently.
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A geometric reason why the square of the focal length of a hyperbola is equal to the sum of the squares of the axes.

This may be a phenomenally stupid question, so apologies in advance. But when I teach conics, I show why $c^2=a^2-b^2$ for ellipses geometrically, just by drawing the obvious isosceles triangle from ...
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How to determine the arc length of ellipse?

I want to determine the arc length of a ellipse. So what data should I know ? And what law should I use ? For example I have this ellipse on picture below: How can I determine the $d$ length of ...
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Plot $|z - i| + |z + i| = 16$ on the complex plane

Plot $|z - i| + |z + i| = 16$ on the complex plane Conceptually I can see what is going on. I am going to be drawing the set of points who's combine distance between $i$ and $-i = 16$, which will ...
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Decomposition of a degenerate conic

As it has been done for the Intersection of conics using matrix representation the aim of this page is providing an exaustive and clear numerical example that describe the math behind the ...
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Equation of an intersection of two cones when the intersection is an ellipse

The two cones with vertex $A=(x_{0},y_{0},z_{0})$ and $B=(x_{1},y_{1},z_{1})$ and generating angle of two cones is $\alpha$ given. I need to write the equation of the intersection of two cones ...
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Enlarging an ellipses along normal direction

Given an ellipses, enlarge it along normal direction a fixed length say 1cm. Do we get another ellipses? If so, how to prove ?
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Finding the angle of rotation of an ellipse from its general equation and the other way around

The general equation for an ellipse is $Ax^2+Bxy+Cy^2+D=0$. How do I find the angle of rotation, the dimensions, and the coordinates of the center of the ellipse from the general equation and vice ...
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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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Why are two definitions of ellipses equivalent?

In classical geometry an ellipse is usually defined as the locus of points in the plane such that the distances from each point to the two foci have a given sum. When we speak of an ellipse ...
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Canonical form of conic section

I have $x^2+2xy-2y^2+x-4y=0$ and I have to find its canonical form, but I'm a little confused.. I'd like to understand very well what I have to do.. Can you help me, please? Thanks!
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Proving a property of an ellipse and a tangent line of the ellipse

Suppose that there is line $l$ that is tangent to an ellipse $A$ at point $\,P\,$. The ellipse has the foci $F'$ and $F$. One then creates two lines - each from each focus to the tangency point ...
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Help With Plugging in Values Distance Point to Ellipse

Can someone help me with plugging in the correct values in the equations given in this thread (accepted answer) -> Calculating Distance of a Point from an Ellipse Border The result values for x and ...
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Parametrization of a conic and rational solutions

How can we parametrize the conic $C$: $x^2+y^2 = 5$, by considering a variable line through $(2,1)$ and hence all rational solutions of $x^2 + y^2 = 5$? I'm thinking let $x = \sqrt{5}\cos t$, and $y ...
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Uniform thickness border around skewed ellipse?

I have an ellipse with a given major and minor 'radius'. I then apply a 2D skew affine transformation to it. Then, I want to draw a uniform border inside this new shape, as if a circle were rolled ...
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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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Intercept path to object following an elliptical path

I have a game with planet objects traveling in elliptical orbits. I want to plot a path from an object in one orbit to an object in another orbit. I'm not concerned with gravity etc as this is ...
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Foci of a general conic equation

The general equation of a conic is $A x^2 + B x y + C y^2 + D x + E y + F = 0$. At Wikipedia, there is an equation for the eccentricity, based on ABCDEF. Is there a similar equation for getting ...
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Homography between ellipses

This is a spin-off from a comment on Stack Overflow. How can I find a homography between two ellipses in the plane?
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Sample Code to Generate Points on the Rim of a Randomly Rotated Cone : What's Going On Here?

Related to this question: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/407897/randomly-generate-point-on-shell-from-3-points-2-angles-with-uniform-angle-dis I'm trying to reverse engineer the ...
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why we only have a approximation for every circumference for ellipse but not define a special formula for each ellipse

Why do we only have an approximation for every circumference for ellipse, but we cannot define a special ratio formula for each ellipse? Is it possible for people to use a computer to find the exact ...
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The Ellipse Problem - finding an ellipse inside a triangle

The problem statement is as follows: A triangle is dissected into six smaller triangles by its angle bisectors. Prove that the intersections of the angle bisectors of each of these smaller triangles ...
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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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Is $x^2-y^2=1$ Merely $\frac 1x$ Rotated -$45^\circ$?

Comparing their graphs and definitions of hyperbolic angles seems to suggest so aside from the $\sqrt{2}$ factor: and:
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Are there parabolic and elliptical functions analogous to the circular and hyperbolic functions sin(h),cos(h), and tan(h)?

In matters of conic sections, are there other properties such that it helps to group the circle and hyperbola in one, and the parabola and ellipse in the other?
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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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Parabolas through three points

We can draw an infinite number of parabolas that pass through three given points $A$, $B$, $C$ (in that order). For each such parabola, we take the tangent lines at $A$ and $C$, and intersect them 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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Aunt and Uncle's fuel oil tank dip stick problem

This problem first came to me in high school, and a couple times since, and I even assigned it for extra credit in one of my calculus classes after I became a teacher. So I know the solution. What I ...
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an important property of an ellipse

Good morning everybody. I would like to know the proof of the following observation on the ellipse. A circle is drawn with the right latus rectum as diameter. Another circle is drawn with its ...
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Parametric form of an ellipse given by $ax^2 + by^2 + cxy = d$

If $c = 0$, the parametric form is obviously $x = \sqrt{\frac{d}{a}} \cos(t), y = \sqrt{\frac{d}{b}} \sin(t)$. When $c \neq 0$ the sine and cosine should be phase shifted from each other. How do I ...
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Usefulness of Conic Sections

Conic sections are a frequent target for dropping when attempting to make room for other topics in advanced algebra and precalculus courses. A common argument in favor of dropping them is that ...
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How to calculate ellipse sector area *from a focus*

How do you calculate the area of a sector of an ellipse when the angle of the sector is drawn from one of the focii? In other words, how to find the area swept out by the true anomaly? There are ...
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Ellipse in polar coordinates

I think Wikipedia's polar coordinate elliptical equation isn't correct. Here is my explanation: Imagine constants $a$ and $b$ in this format - Where $2a$ is the total height of the ellipse and $2b$ ...
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Calculate intersection of two ellipses

I used the equations found here to calculate the intersection points of two circles: (P3 is what I'm trying to get) Except, now I want to do the same with two ellipses. Calculating ...