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### Hyperbolas

- Understand the concepts of vertices, transverse axis, and conjugate axis.
- Understand the role of the asymptotes in graphing a hyperbola. Know their equations.
- Understand the fundamental equation c
^{2}= a^{2}+ b^{2}. - Use symmetry to help you graph a hyperbola.
- Understand the standard formula for the equation of a hyperbola.
- Know how to put an equation in standard form by completing the square.

### Hyperbolas

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- Intro
- What are Hyperbolas?
- Properties
- Transverse Axis and Conjugate Axis
- Vertices
- Length of Transverse Axis
- Distance Between Foci
- Length of Conjugate Axis
- Standard Form
- Vertical Transverse Axis
- Asymptotes
- Graphing Hyperbolas
- Equation with Center at (h, k)
- Example 1: Equation of Hyperbola
- Example 2: Equation of Hyperbola
- Example 3: Graph Hyperbola
- Example 4: Equation of Hyperbola

- Intro 0:00
- What are Hyperbolas? 0:12
- Two Branches
- Foci
- Properties 2:00
- Transverse Axis and Conjugate Axis
- Vertices
- Length of Transverse Axis
- Distance Between Foci
- Length of Conjugate Axis
- Standard Form 5:45
- Vertex Location
- Known Points
- Vertical Transverse Axis 7:26
- Vertex Location
- Asymptotes 8:36
- Vertex Location
- Rectangle
- Diagonals
- Graphing Hyperbolas 12:58
- Example: Hyperbola
- Equation with Center at (h, k) 16:32
- Example: Center at (h, k)
- Example 1: Equation of Hyperbola 19:20
- Example 2: Equation of Hyperbola 22:48
- Example 3: Graph Hyperbola 26:05
- Example 4: Equation of Hyperbola 36:29

### Math Analysis Online

### Transcription: Hyperbolas

*Welcome to Educator.com.*0000

*Today, we are going to be discussing the last type of conic section, which is hyperbolas.*0002

*So far, we have covered parabolas, circles, and ellipses.*0006

*As you can see, hyperbolas are a bit different in shape than the other conic sections we have worked with.*0012

*And one thing that makes them unique is that there are two sections referred to as branches; there are two branches in this hyperbola.*0018

*The formal definition is that a hyperbola is a set of points in the plane,*0025

*such that the absolute value of the differences of the distances from two fixed points is constant.*0029

*What does that mean? First, let's look at the foci.*0037

*These two fixed points are the foci; and here is a focus, f_{1}, and here is the other, f_{2}.*0041

*If I take a point on the hyperbola, and I measure the distance to f _{1},*0048

*and then the distance to f _{2}, that is going to give me d_{1} and d_{2}.*0056

*Recall that, with ellipses, we said that the distance from a point on the ellipse--if you measured the distance to one focus,*0067

*and then the other focus, and then added those, that the sum would be a constant.*0074

*Here, we are talking about the difference: the absolute value of this distance, d _{1}, minus (the difference) d_{2}, equals a constant.*0078

*That is the formal definition of a hyperbola.*0092

*Again, I could take some other point: I could take a point up here on this other branch.*0094

*And I could find a distance, say, d _{3}, and then the distance to f_{1} could be something--say d_{4}.*0100

*Again, the absolute value of those differences would be equal to that same constant.*0107

*All right, properties of hyperbolas: A hyperbola, like an ellipse, has two axes of symmetry.*0117

*But these have different names: here you have a transverse axis and a conjugate axis, and they intersect at the center.*0124

*We are looking here at a hyperbola with the center at (0,0).*0133

*One thing to note is that you can also have a hyperbola that is oriented as such.*0139

*But right now, we are looking at this one, with a more horizontal orientation.*0147

*But just to note: this does exist, and we will be covering it.*0153

*All right, first discussing the transverse axis: the transverse axis is going to go right through here--it is going to pass through the center.*0156

*And this is the vertex, and this is the vertex of the other branch, and this is the transverse axis.*0166

*The distance from one vertex to the center along this transverse axis is going to be A.*0179

*Again, a lot of this is going to be similar from when we worked with ellipses; but there are some important differences, as well.*0186

*So, the length of the transverse axis equals 2A; from here to here would be 2A.*0195

*The foci: if you look at foci, say f _{1}, f_{2}...let's look at f_{2}...*0212

*it would be the same over on f _{1}: if I looked at the distance from one focus to the center, that is going to be C.*0218

*The distance between the foci is therefore 2C; if I measured from here to here, that length is going to be 2C.*0229

*There is a second axis called the conjugate axis; and the two axes intersect here at the center.*0246

*The length of half...if you take half the length of this conjugate axis, it is going to be equal to B.*0260

*The transverse axis lies along here; the conjugate axis, in this case, is actually along the y-axis (and the transverse axis is along the x-axis).*0273

*The length of the conjugate axis is 2B.*0288

*As with the ellipse, there is an equation that relates A, B, and C; but it is a slightly different equation.*0297

*Here, A, B, and C are related by C ^{2} = A^{2} + B^{2}.*0303

*This relationship will help us to look at the equation for a hyperbola and graph the hyperbola,*0311

*or look at the graph, and then go back and write the equation.*0317

*So again, there are two axes: transverse, which goes from vertex to vertex; and conjugate, which intersects the transverse axis*0321

*at the center of the hyperbola and has a length of 2B (the transverse axis has a length of 2A).*0331

*The distance from focus to focus (between the two foci) is 2C.*0338

*The standard form of the hyperbola is also going to look somewhat familiar, because it is similar to an ellipse, but with a very important difference.*0346

*Here we are talking about a difference instead of a sum.*0352

*So, if you have a hyperbola with a center at (0,0) and a horizontal transverse axis, the equation is x ^{2}/A^{2} - y^{2}/B^{2}.*0355

* And here, we again have that the center is at the origin, (0,0).*0368

*Although the center certainly does not have to be at the origin, right now we are going to start out*0373

*working with hyperbolas with a center at the origin, just to keep things simple.*0377

*And again, by being given an equation in standard form, you can look at it and get a lot of information about what the hyperbola looks like.*0384

*Therefore, the vertex is going to be at (A,0); the other vertex will be at (-A,0).*0396

*You are going to have a point up here that is going to be (B,0); and this length, B, gives the length of half of the conjugate axis.*0408

*And then, you are going to have another point...actually, that is (0,B), because it is along the y-axis...another point, (0,-B).*0420

*This distance is B, from this point to the center; this distance is A.*0429

*And then here, I have f _{1} and f_{2}; and the distance from one of those to the center is C.*0436

*As I mentioned, you can have a hyperbola that is oriented vertically.*0447

*So, if the transverse axis is vertical, and the center is at (0,0), the standard form is such that y ^{2} is associated with the A^{2} term.*0451

*And here, it is positive: so you are taking y ^{2}/A^{2} - x^{2}/B^{2} = 1.*0463

*In this case, what you are going to have is a vertex right here at (0,A), the other vertex is here at (0,-A); here is the transverse axis.*0470

*And then, you are going to have the conjugate axis; the length of half of that is going to be B; the length of the entire thing is 2B.*0482

*So, this is going to be some point, (B,0); and B ^{2} is given here, so you could easily find B by taking the square root.*0495

*And then, over here is (-B,0).*0502

*So again, there are two different standard forms, depending on if you are working with a hyperbola*0505

*that has a horizontal transverse axis or one that has a vertical transverse axis.*0508

*Something new that we didn't talk about with ellipses is asymptotes.*0516

*Recall that an asymptote is a line that a curve on a graph approaches, but it never actually reaches.*0520

*And asymptotes are very useful when you are trying to graph a hyperbola.*0528

*The equations are given here: let's go ahead and draw these first.*0534

*Now, recall that this vertex is at a point (A,0); this vertex is at (-A,0).*0536

*If I measure the length...this is the transverse axis, and it is horizontal...let's say that it turns out that B is right up here, (0,B).*0545

*And B is going to be the length from this point to the center; 2B will be the length of the conjugate axis.*0555

*Then, I am going to have another point down here, (0,-B).*0564

*What I can do is form a box, a rectangle; and the rectangle is going to have vertices...I am going to go straight up here and across here.*0568

*Therefore, this is going to be given by (-A,B); that is going to be one vertex.*0578

*I can go over here and do the same thing; I am going to go straight up from this vertex, and straight across from this point.*0586

*And that is going to give me the point (A,B).*0592

*I'll do the same thing here: I go down directly and draw a line across here; this point is going to be (-A,-B).*0597

*One final vertex is right here: and this is given by (A,-B).*0608

*OK, now you draw a box using these A and B points; and then you take that rectangle and draw the diagonals.*0618

*If you continue those diagonals out, you will have the two asymptotes for the hyperbola.*0630

*OK, so each of these lines is an asymptote.*0650

*And notice that the hyperbola is going to approach this, but it is not actually going to reach it.*0654

*So, it is going to continue on and approach, but not reach, it; it is going to approach like that.*0663

*All right, now this is one way to just graph out the asymptotes.*0671

*You can also find the equation; and for right here, we are working with a hyperbola with a horizontal transverse axis.*0676

*So, we are going to look at this equation.*0686

*If I was working with a vertical one, I would look at this equation.*0688

*Now, what does this mean? Well, y equals ±(B/A)x.*0691

*What this actually is: this B/A gives the slope of the asymptote.*0697

*Recall that y = mx + b; since the center is at (0,0), the y-intercept is 0; so here, b = 0, so I am going to have y = mx.*0703

*The slope, m, is B/A; B/A for this line is increasing to the right (m = B/A);*0714

*and the slope here equals -B/A, where the line is decreasing as we go towards the right.*0724

*So again, there are two ways to figure out these asymptotes.*0734

*You can just sketch it out by drawing this rectangle with vertices at (-A,B), (A,B), (-A,-B)...that is actually (A,B), positive (A,B)...or (-A,-B).*0737

*Draw that rectangle and extend the diagonals.*0754

*Or you can use the formula, which will give you the slope for these two asymptotes.*0758

*If you just started out knowing the A's and B's and drew these, then you could easily sketch the hyperbola,*0765

*because you know that it is going to approach these asymptotes.*0772

*OK, so we have talked a lot about graphing.*0778

*And just to bring it all together: you are going to begin by writing the equation in standard form.*0780

*And then, for hyperbolas, you are going to graph the two asymptotes, as I just showed.*0786

*So, let's start out with an example: let's make this x ^{2}/9 - y^{2}/4 = 1.*0790

*Since I have this in the form x ^{2}/A^{2} (this x^{2} term is positive here),*0801

*divided by y ^{2}/B^{2} = 1, what I have is a horizontal transverse axis.*0809

*So, this tells me that there is a horizontal transverse axis.*0819

*So, that is how this is just roughly sketched out already, showing the transverse axis along here.*0830

*Since it is in this form, I know that A ^{2} = 9; therefore, A = 3.*0841

*This has a center right here at (0,0).*0853

*And this point here is going to be A, which is 3, 0.*0860

*Right here, I am going to have -A, or -3, 0.*0867

*So, my goal is to make that rectangle extend out the diagonals.*0872

*And then, I would be able to graph this correctly.*0876

*OK, B ^{2} = 4; therefore, B = 2; so right up here at (I'll put that right there) (0,2)...that is going to be B.*0882

*And then, right down here at (0,-2)...*0903

*Now, all I have to do is extend the line up here and here; and these are going to meet at (2,3).*0907

*Extend a line out here; I am going to have a vertex right here at (-3,2).*0916

*I am going to have another vertex here at (-3,-2), and then finally, one over here at (3,-2).*0924

*Now, this was already sketched on here for me; but assuming it was not there, I would have started out by drawing this box,*0936

*and then, drawing these lines extending out--the asymptotes.*0944

*And what is going to happen is that this hyperbola is actually going to approach, but it is never going to intersect with, the asymptote.*0960

*So again, write the equation in standard form, which might require completing the square.*0972

*I gave it to you in standard form already; use that to figure out this rectangle.*0977

*And you are going to need to know A and B to figure out this rectangle.*0982

*Draw the asymptotes, and draw then the hyperbola approaching (but not reaching) those asymptotes.*0985

*So far, we have been talking about hyperbolas with a center at the origin (0,0).*0993

*However, that is not going to always be the case.*1000

*If the center is at another point, (h,k), that is not (0,0), then standard form looks like this.*1002

*It is very similar to what we saw with the origin of the center, except instead of just x ^{2}/A^{2}, we now have an h and a k.*1008

*For a horizontal transverse axis, you are going to have (x - h) ^{2}/A^{2} - (y - k)^{2}/B^{2}.*1015

*For a vertical transverse axis, this term is going to be first; it will be positive.*1027

*And then, you are going to subtract (x - h) ^{2}/B^{2}.*1033

*But the k stays associated with the y term.*1037

*For example, given this equation, (y - 3) ^{2} - (x - 2)^{2}...and we are going to divide that by 16,*1041

*and divide this by 9, and set it all equal to 1: what this is telling me is that the center is at (2,3), because this is h;*1053

*that A ^{2} = 16, so A = 4; and that B^{2} = 9, so B = 3.*1065

*From that, I can graph out this hyperbola.*1072

*And this has a vertical transverse axis; something else to be careful of--let's say I had something like this:*1076

*(y + 5)/10, the quantity squared, plus (x + 4), the quantity squared, divided by 12, equals 1.*1087

*The center is actually at (that actually should be a negative right here--this is a difference) (-4,-5).*1101

*And the reason for that is that this is the same as (y - -5) ^{2}, and then (x - -4)^{2}.*1112

*A negative and a negative is a positive.*1125

*So, you need to be careful: even though it is acceptable to write it like this, it is good practice,*1128

*if you are trying to figure out what the center is, to maybe write it out like this,*1134

*so that you have a negative here, so that whatever is in here is already k, or already h.*1139

*You don't have to say, "Oh, I need to make that a negative; I need to change the sign."*1145

*So, that is just something to be careful of.*1148

*Here, I already had negative signs in here; they are completely in standard form--I have h and k here; h and k is (-4,-5).*1151

*All right, to get some practice, we are going to first find the equation of a hyperbola that I am going to give you some information on.*1160

*I will give you that one of the vertices is at (0,2); the other vertex is at (0,-2).*1168

*The other piece of information is that you have a focus at (0,4), and a focus called f _{2} at (0,-4).*1178

*So, looking at this, I can see that this is the transverse axis, and then the center is right there.*1188

*So, I have a horizontal transverse axis.*1196

*I can also see that the midpoint right here, the center, is at the origin; so the center equals (0,0).*1207

*So, this is actually vertical--correction--a vertical transverse axis, going up and down: a vertical transverse axis.*1217

*Since this is actually a vertical transverse axis with a center at (0,0), I am working with this standard form:*1227

*y ^{2}/A^{2} - x^{2}/B^{2} = 1.*1234

*So, the A ^{2} term is with the y^{2} term, since this is a vertical transverse axis.*1240

*All right, in order to find the equation, I need to find A ^{2}.*1247

*This distance, from 0 to the vertex, is 2, because this is at (0,2).*1251

*Therefore, A equals 2; since A = 2, A ^{2} = 2^{2}, or 4.*1258

*I have A ^{2}; I need to find B^{2}; I am not given that.*1267

*But what I am given is an additional piece of information, and that is that there is a focus here and a focus here.*1270

*This allows me to find C: the distance from the center to either focus (let's look at this one)--from the center, 0, down to -4--*1280

*the absolute value of that is 4; therefore, C = 4; the distance is 4.*1291

*C ^{2}, therefore, equals 4^{2}, or 16.*1298

*Recall the relationship: C ^{2} = A^{2} + B^{2} for a hyperbola.*1303

*So, I have C ^{2}, which is 16, equals A^{2}, which is 4, plus B^{2}.*1309

*16 - 4 is 12; 12 = B ^{2}; therefore, B = √12, which is about 3.5.*1315

*If you wanted to draw B, then you could, because that is right here at (3.5,0).*1330

*But what we are just asked to do is write the equation; and we have enough information to do that,*1338

*because I have that y ^{2} divided by A^{2}; I determined that A^{2} is 4;*1342

*minus x ^{2}/B^{2}; I determined that that is 12; equals 1.*1348

*So, this is the equation for this hyperbola, with a vertical transverse axis and a center at (0,0) in standard form.*1355

*The next example: Find the equation of the hyperbola satisfying vertices at (-5,0) and (5,0) and a conjugate axis that has a length of 12.*1368

*Just sketching this out to get a general idea of what we are looking at--just a rough sketch--vertices are at (-5,0) and (5,0).*1380

*That means that the center is going to be right here at (0,0).*1400

*So, the center is at the origin; since the vertices are here and here, then I have a horizontal transverse axis;*1406

*this is going to go through like this, and then like this.*1424

*So, my second piece of information is that I have a horizontal transverse axis.*1432

*Since I have a horizontal transverse axis, then I am going to have an equation in the form x ^{2}/A^{2} - y^{2}/B^{2} = 1.*1440

*The center is at the origin; it has a horizontal transverse axis; this is a standard form that I am working with.*1451

*I need to find A: well, I know that the center is here, and that A is this length; so from this point to the center,*1457

*or from this point (the vertex) to the center, is 5: A = 5.*1466

*Since A = 5, A ^{2} = 5^{2}; it equals 25.*1473

*The other information I have is that the conjugate axis has a length of 12.*1486

*So, the length of the conjugate axis, recall, is 2B; here they are telling me that that length is 12.*1490

*Therefore, 12/2 gives me B; B = 6; so, that would be up here and here: (0,6) and then (0,-6).*1503

*This would be the conjugate axis; so this is B = 6.*1517

*Since B equals 6, I want B ^{2} that equals 6^{2}, which equals 36.*1523

*Now, I can write this equation: I have (this is my final one) x ^{2}/A^{2}, which is 25,*1533

*minus y ^{2}/B^{2}, and I determined that that is 36, equals 1.*1545

*So, this is a hyperbola with a center at the origin.*1551

*And A ^{2} is 25; B^{2} is 36; and it has a horizontal transverse axis.*1554

*We are asked to graph this equation; and it is not in standard form.*1566

*But when I look at it, I see that I have a y ^{2} term and an x^{2} term, and they have opposite signs.*1571

*So, I am working with the difference between a y ^{2} term*1577

*and an x ^{2} term, which tells me that this is the equation for a hyperbola.*1579

*If they were a sum, this would have been an ellipse, since they have different coefficients.*1585

*But it is a difference, so it is a graph of a hyperbola.*1589

*What I need to do is complete the square to get this in standard form.*1591

*OK, so first I am grouping y terms and x terms: y ^{2} + 12y - 6x^{2} + 12x - 36 = 0.*1597

*What I am going to do is move this 36 to the other side and get that out of the way for a moment by adding 36 to both sides.*1617

*The next thing I need to do with completing the square is factor out the leading coefficient, since it is something other than 1.*1627

*So, from the y terms, I will factor out a 2; that is going to leave me with y ^{2} + 6y.*1634

*You have to be careful here, because you are factoring out a -6, so I need to make sure that I worry about the signs.*1640

*And that is going to leave behind an x ^{2} here; here, it is going to leave behind, actually, -2x.*1649

*So, checking that, -6 times x ^{2} is -6x^{2}--I got that back.*1656

*-6 times -2x is + 12x; equals 36.*1661

*Now, to complete the square, I have to add b ^{2}/4 in here, which equals...b is 6; 6^{2}/4 is 36/4; that is 9.*1669

*I need to be careful to keep this equation balanced.*1686

*Now, this is really 9 times 2 that I am adding; 9(2) = 18--I need to add that to the right.*1688

*Working with the x terms: b ^{2}/4 = 2^{2}/4, which is 4/4; that is 1, so I am going to add 1 here.*1697

*-6 times 1 needs to be added to the other side; so I am going to actually subtract 6 from the right to keep it balanced.*1714

*Now, I am rewriting this as (y + 3) ^{2} - 6(x - 1)^{2} =...18 - 6 is 12; 36 + 12 gives me 48.*1726

*The next step, because standard form would have a 1 on this side, is: I need to set all this equal to 1.*1747

*I need to divide both sides of the equation by 48.*1753

*This cancels, so it becomes y + 3 ^{2}; the 2 is gone; this becomes a 24; minus...6 cancels out,*1769

*and that leaves me with (x - 1) ^{2}; 6 goes into 48 eight times; and this is a 1.*1780

*OK, so it is a lot of work just to get this to the point where it is in standard form.*1788

*But once it is in standard form, we can do the graph, because now I know the center; I know A ^{2} and B^{2}.*1792

*We have this in standard form; so now we are going to go ahead and graph it.*1799

*I will rewrite the standard form that we came up with, (y + 3) ^{2}/24 - (x - 1)^{2}/8 = 1.*1803

*Looking at this; since this is positive, I see that I have a vertical transverse axis.*1815

*The other thing to note is this plus here: recall that, if you have (y + 3) ^{2}, this is the same as (y - -3)^{2}.*1824

*And when we look at standard form, we actually have a negative here.*1835

*So, you need to be careful to realize that the center is at (1,-3), not at (1,3).*1838

*Let's make this 2, 4, 6, 8, -2, -4, -6, -8; the center, then, is going to be at (1,-3).*1846

*The next piece of information: A ^{2} = 24; therefore, A = √24, which is approximately 4.9.*1856

*B ^{2} = 8; therefore, B = √8; therefore, if you figure that out on your calculator, that is approximately 2.8.*1871

*Since I have the center, and I have A and B, I can draw the rectangle that will allow me to extend diagonals out to form the asymptotes.*1883

*The goal is to write this in standard form, find A and B, find the center, make the rectangle, and make the asymptotes;*1892

*and then, you can finally draw both branches of the hyperbola.*1902

*All right, so if the center is here at (1,3), then I am going to have 2 vertices.*1906

*And what is going to happen, since this is a vertical transverse axis, is: one vertex is going to be up here; the other is going to be down here.*1912

*The center is at (1,3); that means I am going to have a vertex at 1, and then it is going to start at the center,*1926

*and then it is going to be 4.9 directly above that center; so that means this is going to be at -3 + 4.9.*1933

*The y-coordinate will be at -3 + 4.9, which equals (1,1.9).*1944

*Therefore, at (1,1.9) (that is right there)--that is where there is going to be one vertex.*1950

*And this is A--this is the length of A.*1958

*The second vertex is going to be at (1,-3); that is the center; and then I am going to go down 4.9--that is the length, again, of A.*1963

*That is -3 - 4.9 (or + -4.9; you can look at it that way) = (1,-7.9), down here.*1979

*OK, vertices are at (1,-7.9) and (1,1.9).*1999

*Now, I need to find where B is--where that endpoint over here is, horizontally--so that I can make this rectangle.*2014

*I know that B equals approximately 2.8; that means that I am going to have a point over here at 1 + 2.8...-3.*2024

*Well, 1 + 2.8 is (3.8,-3); so (3.8,-3) is right there.*2040

*I can reflect across; and I am going to have a point at 1 - 2.8, -3, which is going to give me...1 - 2.8 is (-1.8,-3).*2054

*That is going to be...this is 2...-2 is right here; so that is going to be right about there.*2068

*I now have these points; and recall that I can then extend out to make a box.*2076

*There is going to be a vertex here; I am going to extend across; there is going to be a vertex here.*2083

*Bring this directly down; there is a vertex here, and then another vertex right here.*2090

*Again, I got these points by knowing where the center is, knowing where the vertices of the hyperbola are, and then knowing the length of B.*2096

*This is B; then this length is A.*2109

*Once I have this rectangle, I can go ahead and draw the asymptotes by extending diagonals out.*2113

*Another way to approach this, recall, would have been to use the formula for the slope that we discussed, for the slope of the asymptotes.*2130

*Either method works.*2140

*I know that I am going to have a hyperbola branch up here; the vertex is right here, and it is going to approach, but never reach, this asymptote.*2143

*It is going to do the same thing with the other branch: a vertex is here; it is going to approach, but never reach, the asymptote.*2156

*OK, so this was a difficult problem; we were given an equation in this form.*2170

*We had to do a lot of work just to get it in standard form.*2175

*And then, once we did, we were able to find the center and form this rectangle, draw the asymptotes, and then (at last) graph the hyperbola.*2178

*Example 4: We don't need to do graphing on this one.*2189

*We are just finding the equation of a hyperbola with the center here, (0,0), and a horizontal transverse axis.*2192

*I am going to stop right there and think, "OK, I have a center at (0,0) and a horizontal transverse axis."*2200

*So, the standard form is going to be x ^{2}/A^{2} - y^{2}/B^{2} = 1.*2206

*Since the center is at (0,0), I don't have to worry about h and k.*2215

*The horizontal transverse axis has a length of 12; well, the transverse axis length, recall, is equal to 2A.*2219

*I am given that that length is 12; if I take 12/2, that is going to give me A = 6.*2231

*The conjugate axis--recall that the length of the conjugate axis is equal to 2B, which is 6: B = 3.*2240

*Now, I need to find A ^{2}, which is 6^{2}, or 36, to put in here.*2257

*B ^{2} is 3^{2}, which is 9.*2264

*Now, x ^{2}/36 - y^{2}/B^{2} (which is 9) = 1.*2267

*So, this is the equation for a hyperbola with the center at the origin, a horizontal transverse axis, and a conjugate axis with a length of 6.*2279

*That concludes this lesson on hyperbolas; thanks for visiting Educator.com!*2290

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Last reply by: julius mogyorossy

Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:23 PM

Post by Kenneth Montfort on March 6, 2013

So, you said in the lecture on ellipses, that a^2 was the larger term, it seems here that b^2 is the larger term...is that another clue about how to tell which formula you are using?