Construction of a Conic

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Diagram showing how to construct a conic when given the focus and the auxiliary circle. If the focus is outside the circle, we get a hyperbola. If it’s inside the circle, we get an ellipse. If the auxiliary circle is a straight line (radius is infinite), we get a parabola.


Arthur Latham Baker The Elements of Solid Geometr with Numerous Exercises (Boston, MA: Ginn & Company, 1893)


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