Conic Sections in Ireland

By Meghan Hickey

What is a Conic Section?

A conic section is defined as an intersection of a plane and a cone. A conic section can be a circle, an ellipse, a parabola, and a hyperbola.
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What is a Circle?

A circle is defined as a perfectly round shape: a line that is curved so that its ends meet and every point on the line is the same distance from the center. In the pictures below are examples of circle I found in my pictures from my trip to Ireland.
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What is an Ellipse?

An ellipse is defined as looking like a squashed circle or having an egg-liked shaped.
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What is a Parabola?

A parabola is defined as a plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone with a plane parallel to a generator of the cone.
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What is a Hyperbola?

A hyperbola is the set of points in a plane whose distances to two fixed points in the plane have a constant difference; a curve consisting of two distinct and similar branches.
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All sources used to define the conic sections:

Conic Section definition: http://math2.org/math/algebra/conics.htm

Circle definition: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circle

Ellipse definition: http://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/ellipse.html

Parabola definition: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/parabola

Hyperbola definition: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hyperbola


The cites used for the pictures are found in the title underneath the pictures.