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Analytic geometry is roughly the same as plane geometry except that in analytic geometry, figures are studied in the context of the coordinate plane. Instead of focusing on the congruence of shapes like plane geometry, analytic geometry deals with the coordinates of shapes and formulas for their graphs in the coordinate plane. Much of analytic geometry focuses on the conics. A conic is a two-dimensional figure created by the intersection of a plane and a right circular cone. All conics can be written in terms of the following equation: Ax2 + Bxy + Cy2 + Dx + Ey + F = 0 . The four conics we'll explore in this text are parabolas, ellipses, circles, and hyperbolas.
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