Conic Section

The cross section of a right circular cone cut by a plane. An ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola are conic sections.

circle

ellipse

parabola

hyperbola

Historical Notes

  1. ~340BC Aristaeus writes Five Books concerning Conic Sections.
  2. 1640 Pascal publishes Essay pour les coniques (Essay on Conic Sections).

See also: Circle, Circular Cone, Cone, Ellipse.

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Subjects: Mathematics