Categories Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations Conics and their Equations Post author By mpershan Post date July 3, 2013 3 Comments on Conics and their Equations Where does the 1/2 come from? Why did that seem especially tempting? What else is up here? What sort of help does this student need? Thanks to Tina for the submission! Share this:EmailPrint ← Problem Solving Strategy: Have hammer, seeking nails. → Summer Project: More analysis, fewer mistakes 3 replies on “Conics and their Equations” I make that 1/2 sort of mistake all the time: halfway up to the first point marked, which happens to be labeled 2 units. I’m completely at a loss about how the second line came after the first. I’m also sad that people don’t seem to have the habit of plugging in a point or two in order to check their work. Even worse than the answer is the problem. It doesn’t state the “curve” is an ellipse, a necessary given. Meh. If you understand it as “Find an equation that matches this graph” it’s a perfectly fine question. Comments are closed.