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Exploring Conic Sections with a Computer Algebra System

R. López
John H. Mathews
Organization: California State University Fullerton
Department: Mathematics
URL: http://mathfaculty.fullerton.edu/mathews/
Journal / Anthology

Collegiate Microcomputer Quarterly
Year: 1990
Issue: August
Page range: 215-219

Computer explorations with a computer algebra system (CAS) can be used to illuminate ideas in analytic geometry and calculus. Given five points in a plane, a unique conic section will pass through them, but the details of finding it are overwhelming to do by hand. The computer algebra system Mathematica is used to assist with these computations which are suitable for an undergraduate computer laboratory exercise.

*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis > Calculus
*Mathematics > Geometry > Plane Geometry