# What is the standard form of the equation of the parabola with a directrix at x=3 and a focus at (1,1)?

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#### Explanation:

When you see directrix, think of what that line means. When you draw a line segment at 90 degrees from directrix, that segment will meet your parabola. The length of that line is same as the distance between where your segment met your parabola and your focus point. Let's change this into math syntax:

"line segment at 90 degrees from directrix" means the line will be horizontal. Why? The directrix is vertical in this problem (x=3)!

"length of that line" means the distance from directrix to the parabola. Let's say that the a point on parabola has

"distance between where your segment met your parabola and your focus point" means the distance from

Now, "The length of that line is same as the distance between where your segment met your parabola and your focus point." So,

and

Does it surprise you that you have two equations for the parabola? Well look at the shape of the parabola and think about why there would be two equations. See how for every x, there are two y values?

graph{(y-1)^2 = -4x + 8 [-10.13, 9.87, -3.88, 6.12]}

Sorry, but I don't think you can make