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Homework Help: The art of Conics

  1. Jun 21, 2006 #1
    . ....|............B
    . ....|
    . ....|
    . ....|
    . ....|A
    . ....|
    . ....|
    . ....|............C

    Remember its a parabola connect the dots.

    This is what i have done
    x^2/a^2 - y^2/b^2 = 1
    then i substituted a as 0 and b as 16 and it got me nowhere
    I'm guessing it has to be located at 0 but i don't know how to prove it all i know are these equations...
    x^2/a^2 - y^2/b^2 = 1, a^2 +b^2 = c^2 and that's all
    (P.S. Latex is hard to learn)
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  3. Jun 21, 2006 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    The equation for a parabola in this orientation is:

    [tex]y^2 = 4px[/tex] where A = (0,0) is the origin and p is the distance from the origin to the focus. The points B = (16, 16), C = (16, -16) are on the parabola. That will enable you to solve for p.

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