Conic Sections
An Internet Tour  by J. P.
Updated 3/20/01
Conic Sections are very useful, powerful, and interesting. Conic
sections include circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas. There are
many sites on the Internet on conic sections so I have tried to pick the
best out of them so you can maximize your learning. I have provided an
Internet tour to help you understand more about conic sections. I have
tried to put the links in order so it will be easier to understand but you
do not have to look at the links in order.

Boxer Math
Tuitorials
When you get to the site click on Intermediate Algebra
link under "Samples of our Tuitorials". This site gives you a pretty basic
introduction on what conic sections are and it gives you an appelet on
making conic sections. A good site for a person that is just beginning to
learn about conic sections.

Circle
A very
simple website on circles. It has a definition, the formulas, and a
problem that you can answer about circles. It is very simple and is for
beginners only.

Parabola
A
very simple website on parabolas. It is by the same maker as the circle
website and has the same principles of the circle website.

Ellipse
It is by
the same maker as the circle and parabola websites and has the same layout.
Very simple tuitorial.

Hyperbola
Same
thing as the other three websites but it is for hyperbolas. Very
simple.

Circles and other Conic
Sections
A pretty detailed website on conic sections. It is almost
as in depth of conic sections as the Glencoe Algebra2 book and would be
useful if you want to get a head start on the chapter of conic sections.
It provides a few diagrams and it shows a few examples and formulas for
each conic section. It also provides information on the degenerate forms
of conic sections and it has a few links to exercises that you can try out
to review yourself. A pretty good website on conic sections.

An
Introduction to Conic Sections
An excellent webpage on conic
sections for an intermediate. It gives the history, geometric definitions,
algebraic defintions, examples of each conic section, and exercises of
conic sections that you can solve to assess yourself. It also has
applications of conic sections (where they are used) and it provides a
small review at the end. This website is own of my personal favorites and
it could be very useful for someone learning conic sections in
algebra2.

PRIME
 Conic Sections
A well detailed lesson for the Algebra2 student
that teaches you a little more than the book does but it is a little boring
if you read it straight through. It has a good amount of pictures and
diagrams to help you understand and it makes it a little more exciting. I
recommend it for the Algebra2 student that has time on their hands and
wants to learn a little bit more about conic sections than what the book
teaches.

Conic
Sections
I think this is one of the best applets on the Internet.
It is 3D, you can move it any way you want, it is very detailed, it loads
fast, and you can do whatever you want with it. The applet has a 3D cone
that you can move around and then fool with the x, y, and z coordinates.
You can change the equation of the conic section and see what it looks like
on a cone from all different angles. It would be extremely useful in some
homework problems. It also has a few questions that you can answer by
using the applet. It takes a little bit to understand though but once you
get the hang of it it is really cool. It is my favorite schoolrelated
website out of all the ones that I have ever visited.

Instructional
Unit on Conic Sections by June Jones
This is a very detailed site
about the four conic sections that comes from a Professor at the University
of Georgia. It is a site that goes hand in hand with Geometer's SketchPad
for the computer. It has questions that you can answer to help assess
yourself but is made for really advanced students.

Xah:Special
Plane Curves: Conic Sections
Again this is a very detailed site for
more advanced students in the higher highschool and the college levels. It
gives the history, descriptions, formulas, and properties of conic
sections. It also has many diagrams and pictures to help you understand the
conic sections better. It provides many links all over the web page.
It's the end of the tour! Thanks for visiting! I hope you have learned
a lot about conic sections!!!!!