# Tagged Questions

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### Polar correlation and conics in $\Bbb RP^2$

I'm stuck on a small detail in Proposition 1.2.8 in Geiges' Introduction to Contact Topology. Let $C$ be a conic in $\mathbb{R}P^2$ given by $q^tAq=0$, where $A$ is a nonsingular, symmetric 3x3 ...
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### Calculating rotated half ellipse axis aligned bounding box

I want to find the height and width of a rotated half ellipse axis aligned bounding box. For that, I have the minor and major axes of the ellipse and its rotation angle. I have no idea how to form the ...
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### Relation of ellipse semi-axes with rotation angle and projection length

In the following setup, assume $w$ (length of the projection of the ellipse) and $\theta$ (the rotation angle) are known. I want to know what equation(s) do I have here that helps me to derive the ...
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### How to find the outermost points in an ellipse?

If an ellipse is given in the form: $$A(x − h)^2+ B(x − h)(y − k) + C(y − k)^2 = 1$$ (where A, B, C, h, and k are given) What would be the simplest way of finding the outermost points, by which I ...
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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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### $P$ 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why $b^2-4ac$ as determinant?

I am curious why $b^2-4ac$ is used as a determinant of a conic section? Like why this specific expression is chosen, why the value is always greater, lesser or equal to zero for hyperbola, ellipse ...
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### Central angle of an ellipse

If I have an ellipse centered at the origin and know the length of $a$ and $b$ and was given the length of an arc, how can I find the angle that is between the two radius from the center of the ...
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### Show that the ellipse and the hyperbola are convex

In Spivak's chapter on differentiation, he asks the reader to prove that the tangent line to an ellipse or a hyperbola intersect the figure at exactly one point. How is this done most elegantly? I ...
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### Is this a correct way to derive the equation of an ellipse/hyperbola?

I was just testing to see if I could derive the equation of an ellipse (and consequently a hyperbola) with the least amount of information to remember. The small amount of information I chose to use ...
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### Ellipse Tangents in 3D

I know that we can find the tangent of the ellipse in 2D by taking the derivative of the equation defining the ellipse. But I'm little bit confused about finding the ellipse tangent in 3D. Where the ...
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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?