Date: 8/7/96 at 6:43:41 From: Anonymous Subject: About Hyperbolas I was wondering if you had any information regarding the following question on a Hyperbola. Q) Find the graph and the equation of a hyperbola.
Date: 9/1/96 at 17:30:35 From: Doctor Jerry Subject: Re: About Hyperbolas Your question does not have a single answer. There are many possible graphs of equations of hyperbolas. I'll make two comments and then invite you to ask your question again, giving more information as to which hyperbola you mean. First, as you probably know, hyperbolas are one of the conic sections. If a right circular cone (both nappes) is cut by a plane parallel to the axis of the cone, the curve is a hyperbola. Hyperbolas have two non-connected pieces, one on the upper nappe and one on the lower nappe of the cone. Secondly, the hyperbola with simplest equation is y=1/x. The graph of this equation is a hyperbola. -Doctor Jerry, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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