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If the cone(s) we slice with a plane to produce the various conic section shapes (ellipses, circles, parabolas, hyperbolas, lines) were not cones but instead, cone like shapes that had an elliptical base instead of a circular one, what shapes would be produced?

(By an elliptical cone I mean one that would produce an ellipse on a plane positioned perpendicular to the midline of the conic instead of a circle.)

I'm an artist, and I've sketched some pictures to try to visualize the intersections. It looks like I can get the same set of conics, but I can't verify that my drawings are in proper perspective.

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    $\begingroup$ What have you tried? $\endgroup$ Apr 30 at 5:54
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    $\begingroup$ You still get "regular" conics. As with a circular cone, and elliptical cone corresponds to a degree-$2$ polynomial equation in $x$, $y$, $z$; a plane is defined by a degree-$1$ equation. Therefore, their intersection is then a plane curve of degree $2\cdot 1=2$ (relative to a $2$D coordinate system on the plane), and we *know* that all of those are our familiar conics. (BTW: The same argument works when the cone is replaced by *any* surface determined by a degree-$2$ polynomial. Such surfaces are called "quadrics".) $\endgroup$
    – Blue
    Apr 30 at 6:07
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    $\begingroup$ I am coming to the mathematics community as more of an artist than a mathematician. I am curious about this because I have wondered what shapes ellipses would make in a perspective drawing (imagine trying to draw a wall with ellipses inscribed into it). What I have tried is just drawing the shapes but don't actually know how to validate if my shapes are drawn in correct perspective, which is why I need the help of the mathematics community. @DavidG.Stork $\endgroup$
    – Audus
    May 1 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you @Blue, it sounds like this could potentially be an answer if you wanted to post it. I did not know about quadrics until now. $\endgroup$
    – Audus
    May 1 at 23:46

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The scale transformation of the (circular) cone becomes an elliptical cone.

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The intersections are merely scaled versions of the quadratic intersections in the base case, i.e., circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, parabolas, ...

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  • $\begingroup$ When you say oval do you mean ellipse? $\endgroup$
    – Audus
    May 3 at 0:45
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Here oval = ellipse. $\endgroup$ May 3 at 1:33
  • $\begingroup$ This is interesting. Can you really produce an ellipse by scaling a circle? I would love to see a proof of that. $\endgroup$
    – Audus
    May 4 at 3:57
  • $\begingroup$ Oh gee... I gather you're really quite a novice in math. That a scaled circle is an ellipse is usually presented in 9th-grade math class. I'm sure you can find the proof online or in high-school books. $\endgroup$ May 4 at 4:38

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