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The shapes created by intersecting a plane with a double cone are* *called **conic sections. **This unit will discuss these shapes which include: parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas. In diagram 1, the plane intersects one cone at an angle through one side of the cone creating a **parabola**. In the bottom half of diagram 2, the horizontal plane intersects one cone creating a **circle**. In the top half of diagram 2, the plane intersects one cone at an angle creating an **ellipse**. In diagram 3, the vertical plane intersects both cones creating a **hyperbola**.

In this unit you will learn the formal definition and formula of each conic. You will graph and explore applications of each shape.

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