# Parabolas, Ellipses, Circles & Hyperbolas

##### Why are these called Conic Sections? It's about "cones" and "cuts" ("sect" is Latin for "cut"). Still unclear? To delve, obtain two traffic cones and set one on top of the other, upside-down so they're tip-to-tip. Next, steal a high-power laser from a top-secret government lab and use it to slash through the stacked cones in one swipe. (Think Darth Vader's light saber and Luke's arm.) Voila: the molten edge of the remaining cones will make a circle, ellipse, parabola or hyperbola, depending on the angle of the cut! I assume that clears things up for you.

**PARABOLA CONFUSION:** This chapter only covers the non-function version of parabolas, where there's only x's and y's and no 'f(x)'. If in class you're currently learning about factoring, max/min problems, the Quadratic Formula, etc., then you should instead check out Graphing Quadratics or Solving Quadratics.

__This chapter only covers the non-function version of parabolas, where there's only x's and y's and no 'f(x)'. If in class you're currently learning about factoring, max/min problems, the Quadratic Formula, etc., then you should instead check out Graphing Quadratics or Solving Quadratics.__

**PARABOLA CONFUSION:**