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Solving conics

  1. Apr 25, 2007 #1
    Give the slope of the asymptote for the hyperbola given by the equation 6x^2 - {d}y^2 = 6. Give the value that is positive
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2007 #2

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    What are the asymptotes for the hyperbola
    [tex]\frac{x^2}{a^2}- \frac{y^2}{b^2}= 1[/tex]?

    Can you put your equation in that form?


    Another way to do this: The hyperbola comes close to the asymptote for VERY large values of x and y. Rewrite the equation as 6x^2= dy^2+ 6. Suppose x and y are in the tens of millions. How does the constant "6" compare with the rest of the equation?
     
  4. Apr 25, 2007 #3
    the constant 6 would always be larger???
     
  5. Apr 25, 2007 #4

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    Is that because 6 is larger than, say, 100000002? You appear to be saying you have no idea how to do these problems. So why are you trying to do them?
     
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