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Unformatted text preview: The collection of all points P in the plane, the sum of whose distances from two fixed points, called the foci ( F 1 and F 2 ), is a constant. The line containing the foci is the major axis ; the line through the center and to the major axis is the minor axis . Both the major and minor axis are each an axis of symmetry. Both variables are squared and added. Hyperbola: The collection of all points in the plane the difference of whose distances from two fixed points, called the foci , is constant. The line containing the foci is the transverse axis . The midpoint of the line segment joining the foci is the center of the hyperbola. The line through the center and to the transverse axis is the conjugate axis . The hyperbola consists of two separate branches . The points of intersection of the hyperbola and the transverse axis are the vertices, V 1 and V 2 . Both variables are squared and subtracted....
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 Fall '08
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 Cone, Conic Sections

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