Conic section basics

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What is a conic other than a jazz singer from New Orleans? Well, as you'll see in this tutorial, a conic section is formed when you intersect a plane with cones. You end up with some familiar shapes (like circles and ellipses) and some that are a bit unexpected (like hyperbolas). This tutorial gets you set up with the basics and is a good foundation for going deeper into the world of conic sections.

Introduction to conic sections

VIDEO 10:58 minutes
What are conic sections and why are they called "conic sections"?

Recognizing conic sections

Determine if the graph of a conic section shows a circle, hyperbola, parabola, or ellipse.