A conic (or conic section) is a smooth curve formed when a plane intersects a pair of right circular cones placed pointtopoint. The angle of the plane measured with respect to the axis running through the point of the cones, determines the type of conic that is formed.
Figure 1 [Source: Wikipedia  Conic Section] 

There are three types of curves.
1. Parabolas
2. Ellipses (circles are special cases of ellipses and are sometimes listed as a fourth type)
3. Hyperbolas
Parabolas and hyperbolas are very similar and are easy to confuse. One difference is that there are a pair of curves in the case of a hyperbola but parabolas occur as a single curve.
The general equation for all these equations is \(Ax^2+Bxy+Cy^2+Dx+Ey+F=0\). There are a lot of differences in this equation for each curve.
We discuss each of the three types on separate pages. Once you have gone over that material and practiced some specific problems, feel free to come back here and try these practice problems. We do not tell you what type of curves these are, so you get to figure it out. Instructors will often put these types of problems on exams.
We suggest you start with parabolas, since you have probably seen them before in precalculus.
Practice
Classify and list the attributes of the conic \(x^24x4y=0\).
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Classify and list the attributes of the conic \(x^24x4y=0\).
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Graph \( x^2 + 2y^2  6x + 4y + 7 = 0 \).
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Graph \( x^2 + 2y^2  6x + 4y + 7 = 0 \).
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Graph \( 4x^2  y^2 = 16 \).
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Graph \( 4x^2  y^2 = 16 \).
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Graph \( x^2 + 4y^2  2x  16y + 11 = 0 \).
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Graph \( x^2 + 4y^2  2x  16y + 11 = 0 \).
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Graph \( 4x^2 + y^2 = 16 \).
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Graph \( 4x^2 + y^2 = 16 \).
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