# Difference between revisions of "Parabola"

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A '''parabola''' is a curve on a plane, consisting of all the points that are equidistant from a point called the ''focus'' and a line, called the ''directrix''. | A '''parabola''' is a curve on a plane, consisting of all the points that are equidistant from a point called the ''focus'' and a line, called the ''directrix''. | ||

− | It is a conic section, the intersection of a plane and a cone where the plane is parallel one side of the cone. | + | It is a [[conic section]], the intersection of a [[plane]] and a [[cone]] where the plane is parallel one side of the cone. |

The general [[algebra]]ic formula for a parabols is: | The general [[algebra]]ic formula for a parabols is: |

## Revision as of 13:19, 22 April 2007

A **parabola** is a curve on a plane, consisting of all the points that are equidistant from a point called the *focus* and a line, called the *directrix*.

It is a conic section, the intersection of a plane and a cone where the plane is parallel one side of the cone.

The general algebraic formula for a parabols is:

A parabola is the path taken by an object in motion subject to a uniform acceleration, such as gravity, ignoring friction.