# What is the equation in standard form of the parabola with a focus at (3,0) and a directrix of x= -3?

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Because the directrix is a vertical line,

We know that the y coordinate of the focus and the y coordinate of the vertex, k, are the same:

We can use the equation,

The equation becomes:

We know that the x coordinate of the vertex is halfway between the x coordinate of the directrix and the x coordinate of the focus:

We can find the value of c by evaluating the equation at the vertex

The equation becomes:

Because the focus is to the right of the directrix, we know that the parabola opens to the right and, therefore, "a" is positive. To find the value of "a", we can use the equation:

a = 1/(4f)

where f is the horizontal distance from the vertex to focus:

The equation of the specified parabola is: