# Homework Help: Help with Hyperbola

1. Feb 9, 2006

### PPonte

Sorry to be constantly asking for help. But I think this will be the last in a while.
During my math's class, I asked my teacher why the hyperbola was named liked that. She didn't answer me and ordered me to make a presentation about it. I have done some research work but I would like to make an historical introduction but I was unsucessful to find information about it. If you could help me... you know, thanks. :tongue:

Good sites I have found so far:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Hyperbola.html
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RectangularHyperbola.html
http://mathforum.org/cgraph/history/apollonius.html

2. Feb 9, 2006

### StatusX

I don't know that there's a good historical story here. Just look up the origin of the word in a dictionary. From what I found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbola" [Broken], it is derived from the greek word for "overshooting." You can find out why it would get this name by reading more about the curve (specifically, how it comes up in orbital mechanics).

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3. Feb 10, 2006

### PPonte

I had already looked at wikipedia. But what I am searching is about people who "worked" with the hyperbola and why.

4. Feb 10, 2006

### JasonRox

How long of a presentation must you do?

5. Feb 10, 2006

### PPonte

The time is almost unlimited. 1 to 90 minutes.

6. Feb 10, 2006

### JasonRox

I find it a silly presentation, especially since the teacher assigned it to you.

7. Feb 10, 2006

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
Here is a starting point.

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conic_section
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollonius_of_Perga.

One will have to find famous geometricians!

Possibly here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry

From the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland - http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Indexes/HistoryTopics.html

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Apollonius.html

8. Feb 10, 2006

### PPonte

Thank you! Now I am starting to understand how to search...