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Let's say I'm building a satellite or some sort of focusing device. I obviously need a parabola. If I have an object thatresemblesa parabola—for example, a pot of some sort—how can I determine that's it's in reality a parabola, and not just a random shape?

Also, what would I need to do to find the area inside of that pot?

Thanks.

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# How to determine parabolic object.

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