Conics

  • P. S. W. MacIlwaine
  • C. Plumpton
Chapter
Part of the Core Books in Advanced Mathematics book series (CBAM)

Abstract

Conic sections, or conics, are those curves that can be obtained as sections of a double right-circular cone and a plane (see Fig. 2.1). Such a section is either (i) a circle, (ii) an ellipse, (iii) a parabola, (iv) a hyperbola, or (v) a line-pair; but apart from explaining the name ‘conic’ we shall not use this definition.

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© P. S. W. MacIlwaine and C. Plumpton 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. S. W. MacIlwaine
    • 1
  • C. Plumpton
    • 2
  1. 1.Sutton Valence SchoolUK
  2. 2.School Examinations DepartmentUniversity of LondonUK

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