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A figure formed by the intersection of a plane and a circular cone. Depending on the angle of the plane with respect to the cone, a conic section may be a circle, an ellipse, a parabola, or a hyperbola.
‘The solutions to the equations describing the motions produced by this law are called conic sections - ellipses, hyperbolae and parabolae - which you get by intersecting a plane and a cone.’
‘He continued his study of mathematics and wrote a dissertation on conic sections for his doctorate in mathematics which was awarded in 1879.’
‘He worked on conic sections and produced important theorems in projective geometry.’
‘For example he shows how to deform a circle into an ellipse and proves other results on deforming conic sections.’
‘These three trajectories are known as conic sections, as they are also the curves produced by cutting a cone along different planes.’