







Conics 
20140201 

From Kassidy: Hey, I have searched through all the questions about conics and how
people use them in the real world, but none of them were very specific
on how they are applied and the process, why it's so important etc.
I have a project due asking these questions and it's been very difficult
finding the right answer, if you could name jobs, how they are use and
specifically applied that would be greatly appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What jobs use conics? 
20091022 

From denise: i have to type a paper on what jobs use conics and i can not find anything can you help
thanks
Denise Answered by Penny Nom. 





Conics 
20090205 

From Jay: If you were to design your own picture of a conic, what would it look like? And also if you had to use two conics from the solar system and a solar oven...? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





CIRCLES 
20080707 

From daryl: Find the equation of the smaller circle that is tangent to the axes and the circle x(squared)+y(squared)=2x+2y1? Answered by Penny. 





Conic sections 
20080414 

From Christine: In my analysis class we are learning about conic sections.
Our project is to create a genral statement of the definition of conic sections.
Truthfully, I have absolutely no clue on how I should write that.
Could you help me? Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Identifying a conic from its equation 
20070819 

From Robin: Hi,
Do you have any tips how to identify a conic from its equation? Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Steve La Rocque. 





Parabolas in the real world 
20070518 

From Katherine: Hi, my name is Katherine, and my mean old math teacher just assigned us a test in which
we have to write two examples of how parabolas are used in the real world, each one page
single spaced, size 12!! I know you have already answered some questions like this, but
I still don't understand the whole baseball thing, and any other way parabolas are used.
And how I can write a whole page on it. But that's my problem, not yours, I just need help
with a little explanation on how parabolas are actually used today. I know this might be kind
of confusing for you, but imagine how it is for me!! Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A fountain as a parabola 
20070308 

From Emily: I have to do a math project proving that something in real life is a parabola. I really need some help here because i don't know where to start. I want to do it on a fountain and prove it's a parabola but how do i do that? I would really appreciate it if you could help Emily Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





What jobs involve using conics? 
20070221 

From Nicki: What jobs involve using conics? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Things that are shaped like a parabola 
20070214 

From carra: i can't find other examples of things that are shaped like a parabola except for bridges.............. Pls. help it is due tomorrow. thank you very much:) Answered by Steve La Rocque, Penny Nom and Walter Whiteley. 





Conic sections 
20061119 

From Joyce: My son has a project on conic sections. I need the following information on Parabola, Circle, ellipse,and hyperbola. He can't find the following information for each conic section: equations with explanations, four uses for each shape and Shape explanation. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some applications of conic sections 
20061113 

From Burt: how are circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas used in everyday life Answered by Penny Nom. 





The focus of a parabola 
20061001 

From Lily: I have a mathematical assignment which includes applications of parabolas, hyperbolas and ellipses in the real world. I have been searching the internet and now I am ware that most of the applications of parabolas have a connection with what people call "the focus". However, I do not think I clearly understand what "the focus" of a parabola is. Would you please explain it to me? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A question on conics 
20060109 

From Reb: i know how to convert the general formula into specific ones(ie.; a circle's specific formula x^{2} + y^{2} = r^{2} can be derived from this, and then you draw you graph), but i have no idea how to go from a graph to the general formula (you know the HUUUGE one...) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Quadratics 
20050105 

From Usman: Hi, in my Grade 11 Functions math class we have been assigned the task of finding jobs and careers related to quadratics, I have done many searches but have been unsuccessful, then I saw your website and emailed. I also have to use an example of a math problem that the job uses, then solve it, this will all compile on bristol board for a presentation. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me some links and references of sources that refer to this subject. Answered by Harley Weston. 





An elliptical table 
20050103 

From Roger: Want to make an elliptical table, say the long (major) axis is 4 feet, and the short (minor) axis is 3 feet. I can construct this figure, but I'm trying to figure out what the exact dimension of a rectangle within this ellipse will be if I make the table a drop leaf type where the drop dimensions are equal for each end of both the long and short axes. Intuitively, it looks like there is one and only one solution. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Practical applications: parabolas and Pythagoras 
20041024 

From Connie: Provide two examples of real life objects that incorporate parabolic shapes. Explain the reason why the parabolic shape was used in each object.
I need at least one practical application of the Pythagorean Theorem. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A conic 
20040810 

From A student: My question is about this equation 32x*2 18y*2 64x +72y +248 =0
explain why as x goes to the infinity the graph of the conic looks like y= (3/4)X.
What I did to try to find the solution of this problem was to graph and then I thought that maybe trying to find the equation of the asymptotes I could do it, but it was useless because the equation of the asymptotes is y= +4/3(X1) 2 and that does not explain why tho conic looks like y=(3/4) x . I would really appreciate your help on this. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Uses of conic sections 
20030401 

From William: My name is William and I am doing a research paper on conic sections for my 12th grade math class. Part of the project is to find two conic sections in our world today and explain what there purpose is. I really need help in this area because I've been searching the internet for where conic sections are used in our world today and I really can't find anything. If you can tell me specific building or a pyramid that contains conic sections that would be great. Or even something in the universe would be helpful. Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





The intersection of conics 
20021219 

From Glenda: We are studying systems of equations where two conic sections are the two equations that we are solving simultaneously. We were studying the number of solutions that are possible if you have an ellipse and a parabola. We all agree that there can be none, one, two, three or four solutions. The question that the students had for me was whether or not a portion of an ellipse and a parabola can overlap and thereby allow an infinite number of solutions. What should I tell them? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Conics 
20020529 

From Brooke: Which conic cannot be generated by an intersection of a plane and a double napped cone? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Parabolas 
20020203 

From Kuang: Who is credited for working with or studying the Parabola? What is a conic section? What does a parabola look like? How is a parabola formed? Where and how are parabolas used today in the real world? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Quadratics 
20010516 

From John: I am in the final stages of a math project and I need to interview an expert for the last part. Please try to answer at least a few of these questions.  How do you use quadratic equations in your everyday life?
 Do you find being a math expert very helpful in life?
 Is the quadratic equation useful to you?
 Why did you decide to become a math expert?
 What do you think is the most important function of the quadratic equation?
Answered by Harley Weston. 





Circles, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas 
20010509 

From Colleen: How is an ellipse like a circle? In what way does an ellipse have a center? How is a hyperbola similar and different to an ellipse? How is a parabola similar a different to a circle ellipse and parabola? Answered by Pnny Nom. 





Bridges and parabolas 
20001118 

From Lauren: My name is Lauren, and Im a secondary school student in Ontario. For my gr11 advanced math class I have to find out how and why parabolics are used in arch bridges and write 3 paragraphs on it. People who cohse satelites and whatnot are lucky  I've found a ton of info, but for arch bridges there seems to be nothing. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Rectangular hyperbola 
19991215 

From Aarti Chand: Why do they call a rectangular hyperbola, rectangular and where the normal hyperbola looks like a rectangle and the rectangular hyperbola looks like a sqaure? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Two conics 
19991207 

From Quinn: I know the formula to find the axis of symmetry of a conic section (I'm not sure what shape  circle for the first one??) is (D/2A,E/2C) but I obviously don't get how to calculate it, because when I check the answer it's wrong, but I'm so close!! For the following equations my teacher suggested to "divide the x term coefficient, D, by the x squared term coefficient before...do the same for y." 2x^{2}+2y^{2}8x+12y+16=0 . . . Answered by Penny Nom. 





Graphing Inequalities of Conic Sections 
19970324 

From James Sheldon: I'm trying to graph Systems of Conic Sections with inequalities, but I'm running into problems on which area to shade: x^2+y^2 is greater than or equal to 16 xy > 4 So I graph these two equations, and then my teacher said to substitute a point into it but I'm still not sure how to do it... Answered by Penny Nom. 

