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A rectangular hyperbola 2013-09-19
From Soumya:
Is the graph of an inverse variation a RECTANGULAR HYPERBOLA? If it is, then how can be the equation of a rectangular hyperbola be xy=constant , whereas in the books it is written that the graph of a rectangular hyperbola is- x^2-y^2=a^2?
Answered by Chris Fisher.
Conic sections 2006-11-19
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 2006-11-13
From Burt:
how are circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas used in everyday life
Answered by Penny Nom.
A conic 2004-08-10
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(X-1) -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 2003-04-01
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.
A hyperbola centered at (0,0) 2001-12-28
From Carla:
  1. Find the equation of the hyperbola centered at (0,0) with vertices at (0,3) and (0,-3) that is asymptotic to the lines y=+-5x.

  2. Find the equation of a hyperbola in standard position foci (1,5) and (1,7) and eccentricity 2.

Answered by Peny Nom.
Circles, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas 2001-05-09
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.



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