Pronunciation: /ˈkɒn ɪk ˈsɛk ʃən/ ?
A conic section is a 2-dimensional figure formed by
the surface of a 3-dimensional double
(see figure 1). Four 2-dimensional figures that can be formed are the
ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola. Conic sections were studied as early as 200 BC by
Apollonius of Perga.
Figure 2: Table of Conics, Cyclopaedia, 1728. Click on picture to see full size.
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- Hamilton, Rev. Henry Parr. An Analytical System of Conic Sections, 5th edition, art. 79-80. John W. Parker, 1863. (Accessed: 2010-01-19). http://www.archive.org/stream/ananalyticalsys00hamigoog#page/n93/mode/1up/search/conic.
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Conic Section. 2010-01-05. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/conicsection.html.
2008-10-11: Changed definition to refer to the 'surface' of a double cone (McAdams, David.
2008-07-07: Corrected link errors. Corrected spelling (McAdams, David.
2008-04-28: Initial version (McAdams, David.