Introduction to Conic Sections

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What do circles and parabolas have in common? An informative video focuses on the intersection of a plane with a double cone creates conic sections, including circles, parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas. Two problem videos cover examples of how to find solutions to systems of conic sections.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to introduce conic sections
  • If possible, have a physical model so that pupils can see the conic sections
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners need to be familiar with solving systems by substitution
Pros

  • Visual representations allow viewers to see how conic sections form
Cons

  • Video includes mathematically incorrect statements, such as stating that an ellipse is a fancy word for an oval
  • Concept video does not teach the concepts covered in the problem videos