Assignment 6

Constructing a Parabola

by Debra Jackson

A parabola is the set of points equidistant from a line, called the directrix, and a fixed point,called the focus. Assume the focus is not on the line. A parabola can also be described as the figure formed from the intersection of a cone and a plane.

In this assignment we are asked to construct a parabola given a fixed point for the focus and a line (segment) for the directrix.