Conic Sections - Summary

A series of free, online video lessons with examples and solutions to help Algebra students learn about conic sections: circles, ellipses, parabolas and hyperbolas.

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Conic Sections: Circles
Conic Sections: Ellipses
Conic Sections: Parabolas
Conic Sections: Hyperbolas

Conic Section Formulas

We can easily identify a conic section by its formula. Conic section formulas have different identifiers. For example, a vertical parabola has a squared “x” term and single “y” term while a horizontal parabola has a single “x” term and a “y” squared term. An equation for a circle has a squared “x” term, a squared “y” term and identical coefficients.

How To Identify A Conic Section By Its Formula

Determining A Conic Section By Its Equation In General Form

This video explains how to determine if a given equation in general form is a circle, ellipse, parabola, or hyperbola.

Graphing The Conics: Introduction

The video introduces the four conic sections, circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas and shows the standard form of their equations. Strong emphasis is placed on the effect of h and k values to the position of these conic sections. The graphing calculator is used in the video to check the standard form equations for the different conics.

Conic Sections Overview (Algebra 2)

Try the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
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