Conic Sections and Quadratic Systems


This chapter focuses on the four primary types of conic sections: circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas. Methods are covered for identifying the standard-form equations, locating their key characteristics, and graphing each of them. This chapter ends with a section on solving systems of second-degree equations.

What you can expect to learn

After completing these activities you should be able to:

  1. Answer questions about the various parts of conic sections.
  2. Identify the type of conic from its equation.
  3. Solve a system of second-degree equations.
Activity List