# Solving conics

1. Apr 25, 2007

### princiebebe57

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

2. Apr 25, 2007

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
What are the asymptotes for the hyperbola
$$\frac{x^2}{a^2}- \frac{y^2}{b^2}= 1$$?

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?

3. Apr 25, 2007

### princiebebe57

the constant 6 would always be larger???

4. Apr 25, 2007

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
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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