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directrix




The line that, together with a point called the focus, serves to define a conic section as the locus of points whose distance from the focus is proportional to the horizontal distance from the directrix. If the ratio r = 1, the conic is a parabola, if r < 1, it is an ellipse, and if r > 1, it is a hyperbola.


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   • PLANE CURVES