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Fundamental Equation of an Ellipse

Parametric Representation of an Ellipse

x = a cos(t); y = b sin(t)


Using the parametric representation of an ellipse, with different values for a and b gives the following graphes.

a = 2.0; b = 1.0;


A circle is a special case of an ellipse, with a = b.

a = 1.0; b = 1.0;

a = 1.0; b = 1.5;


Fundamental Equation of an Hyperbola

Parametric representation of an Hyperbola

Right curve:

x = a cosh(t); y = b sinh(t)

Left curve:

x = -a cosh(t); y = b sinh(t)

Top curve:

x = a sinh(t); y = b cosh(t)

Bottom curve:

x = -a sinh(t); y = b cosh(t)


a = 1.0; b = 1.0;


A parabola as function of x.

y=ax2 + bx + c

a=1; b=2; c=0

a=1; b=0; c=0

a=1; b=-2; c=0

a=-0.5; b=0; c=5

a=4; b=0; c=-2

a=-0.2; b=-2; c=4

The Vertex of a Parabola

Vertex equation of a parabola:
y=a(x-h)2 + k

The vertex is the point: (h,k).

Focus of a Parabola

A parabola with the vertex at the origin (0,0), that is symmetric around the y-axis can be written as:
y = ax2;

The focus point is then defined as f = (0, 1/4a). The vertex is the point (0,0)


with a=1 we get the parabola: y = x2.
The focus is the point (0, 1/4).

Parabola: y=x2; focus = (0, 0.25); vertex = (0.0, 0.0).

General Construction of a Parabola

A parabola is a set of points that have the same distance between a given point the focus and a given line the base line.

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