What is the meaning of conic section?

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Sep 15, 2015

Answer:

A conic section is a section (or slice) through a cone.

Explanation:

Depending on the angle of the slice, you can create different conic sections,

Conic Sections
(from en.wikipedia.org)

If the slice is parallel to the base of the cone, you get a circle.

If the slice is at an angle to the base of the cone, you get an ellipse.

If the slice is parallel to the side of the cone, you get a parabola.

If the slice intersects both halves of the cone, you get a hyperbola.

There are equations for each of these conic sections, but we will not include them here.