Friday, January 6, 2017

Focus, Directrix, and Conics

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Back in the classroom I used to wish I had a better way to demonstrate the focus-directrix connections between the conics. The algebraic methods were time-consuming and, I know, contributed to "brain stoppage" by many students. Pencil and paper constructions, taken to a useful stage, would have taken days and days. If only there was a better way...

GeoGebra helped me begin to bridge that gap. My first go at it has produced the file here. Not perfect, but a lot better than what I had before. Check it out and EXPERIMENT!!!

Unfortunately, making this fit in the blog requires it to be tiny. Click here for full version

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