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Thursday, December 31, 2015
preCalculus 2015-2016 December: Conic Sections!
preCalculus 2015-2016 December
We spent all of December on CH10 Conic Sections. We talked about the General Form:
and converting to standard form Parabolas, Ellipses, Hyperbolas using Completing The Square when B=0. When B was non zero, we converted to Polar Notation:
We talked about the directrix, latus rectum, center, focus, parabolic mirrors, whisper gardens and planetary orbits! We even played with parametric mode and ballistic trajectories.