Latus Rectum

Pronunciation: /ˈleɪtəs ˈrɛktəm/ Explain

The latus rectum of a conic section is a line segment passing through each vertex of the conic section, with endopints on the conic section itself.

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The latus rectum is a line segment perpendicular to the major axis, passing through a focus, with endpoints on the conic section.
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  • McAdams, David E.. Conic Section. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 8/31/2018. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/conicsection.html.

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McAdams, David E. Latus Rectum. 8/31/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/l/latusrectum.html.

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8/31/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, implemented new Geogebra protocol. (McAdams, David E.)
7/15/2018: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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