Plane Cross Sections of the Surface of a Cone

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This is a simple Demonstration of the cross sections of the surface of a cone. It shows not only the nondegenerate conics, that is, the ellipse, the hyperbola, and the parabola, but also the degenerate conics (which are a single point), a straight line, and a pair of intersecting lines.

Contributed by: Petr Maixner (January 2014)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



See the Demonstrations in Related Links to easily find some interesting preset positions of the plane.

For more theory see [1].


[1] Wikipedia. "Conic Section." (Dec 31, 2013)

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