# 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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### Why does the Ellipsograph/Trammel of Archimedes draw an ellipse, really?

Here's a diagram of the device I mean, hard at work drawing an ellipse. I find this quite surprising, and would like to get to the bottom of things. Essentially, a rod (black line in animation) is ...
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### On the Visual Manifestation of Curves in Nature

All sorts of curves are useful in modelling and describing phenomena we observe. Trig functions, logarithms, exponentials, polynomials, hyperbolas, circles, and so forth are all very useful in this ...
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### To construct an ellipse, being a projection of a great circle, given two points on it

I'm looking for a geometric construction which would allow me to draw an ellipse, which is supposed to be an orthographic projection of a great circle of a sphere, given two points on it. The ...
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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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### Keplerian orbits and closest approaches to Earth.

This question arose out of a discussion on Space.SE, but I think it will appeal to mathematicians more than astronomers: Let's consider a small astronomical object following an ideal elliptic ...
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### Visualising 3rd degree equations

I know that general second degree curve, i.e. $ax^2 + by^2 + 2hxy + 2gx + 2fy + c=0$ gives us the equation of different cross sections of a cone. Similarly, what does a third degree* curve actually ...
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### A surprising locus of points

I was playing with the setup for Desargues Theorem in Geogebra today and got a very odd-looking (to me) result. I imagine I could grind through this analytically and get an ugly-looking parametric ...
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### What property does this equation calculate?

It's pretty difficult to Google for the meaning of a formula. This is the equation, it has to do with ellipses and GIS coordinates. $$\nu =\frac{ a} {\sqrt{(1 - (e^2 \cdot \sin(\varphi))^2)}}$$ $a$ ...
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### Polar representation of conic sections $r(\theta)=\frac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$

Consider a curve given in polar coordinates by $r(\theta) = \dfrac1{1 + e \cos\theta}$, where $e\ge0$. a) Show that the distance of each point on this curve to the line $x=\frac1e$ is a constant ...
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### Equation of intersection of two cones

The equations of two cones are given; $(x-x_{0})^2+(y-y_{0})^2=\frac {(z-z_{0})^2}{m^2}$ and $(x-x_{1})^2+(y-y_{1})^2=\frac {(z-z_{1})^2}{m^2}$ How to find the equations of intersections 1) ...
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I'm trying to prove that given 3 disjoint lines in $\mathbb{P}^{3}$ there exists a non-singular quadric containing them. The exercise is from the following link: http://www.uam.es/personal_pdi/...
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### Find the radius of the circle for given conditions

A circle with center at origin passes through three points $P$, $Q$ and $R$ with the line segment $PQ$ as its diameter along $x$-axis. A line passes through $P$ intersects the chord $QR$ at point $D$. ...
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### Area covered by fixed perimeter around polygon.

Suppose I have a polygonal field with a post at each vertex and a non-extensible rope threaded through each post around the perimeter but with some slack. How can I determine the perimeter of the area ...
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### Construction new ellipse

Using a pencil the thread was pulled on the ellipse. Then the pencil started to rotate around the ellipse. How to prove that a new geometric figure which the pencil drew is also an ellipse (with the ...
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### Coordinates of a plane with a handle

I am trying to find the appropriate coordinates for a plane with a handle (of topology $\mathbb{R}^2 \# \mathbb{T}^2$), without having to use several coordinate patches. My current intuition is to ...
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### Show that a complex equation represents a circle

I'm having troubling understanding the answer to a question. The question is: If $\ v=1+i$ and $\ z=x+iy$, for any real numbers x and y: Show that the equation $\left|z-v\right|= \left|vz\right|$ ...
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### Extremal points relative to origin for an ellipsoid

Suppose I have an ellipsoid of the form $ax^2 + by^2 + az^2 - cxy -cyz = d$ How would I find the points nearest to, and furthest from, the origin?
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### Finding equation for conic section given five points

Problem: Given the points $$(0,1),(0,-1),(2,0),(-2,0),(1,1)$$ find the equation for the conic section that passes through these points. My attempt: Using the general equation for a conic section, ...
A chord is drawn from a point $P(1,t)$ to the parabola $y^2=4x$, which cuts the parabola at $A$ and $B$. If $PA\cdot PB=3|t|$, what is the maximum possible value of $|t|$? All I can infer is that the ...
### Find the number of points on ellipse $\frac{x^2}{50}+\frac{y^2}{20}=1$ from which pair of perpendicular…
Find the number of points on ellipse $\frac{x^2}{50}+\frac{y^2}{20}=1$ from which pair of perpendicular tangents are drawn to ellipse $\frac{x^2}{16}+\frac{y^2}{9}=1$ Normal from a point \$(5\sqrt{2}...