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Homework Help: Conics Type And Orientation

  1. Apr 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    There are 2 problems a and b.
    I've solved for both already.
    I just need to know how to describe them by type and orientation.
    In other words, what does what I got tell me in regards to type and orientation and how do I know this for future problems? (e.g. hyperbola or ellipse oriented vertically or horizontally)

    a) (x-3)^2 (y-1)^2
    -------- - -------- = 1
    9 1

    b) (x+1)^2 (y-1)^2
    -------- + -------- = 1
    25 4
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 22, 2009 #2
    i see this didnt post right.
    the 1 should be under the 2nd fraction in a)
    the 4 should be under the 2nd fraction in b)
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