Conic Sections

## Resources
You are welcome to download the packet or print out sections for student use, but please do not distribute the packet electronically without permission. Many of the experiments make use of GeoGebra software, available here: Included in the packet are copies of Dr. Ortiz's Amazing Conic Graph Paper and Dr. Ortiz's Amazing Central Conic Graph Paper. To access these truly amazing tools as separate PDF documents, please click the links below. The primer was prepared largely from historical sources, as cited below. Some students may enjoy reading some of these; the ## SourcesFrom the Encyclopedia Britannica Great Books of the Western World collection: - Euclid,
*Elements* - Archimedes,
*Quadrature of the Parabola* - Apollonius,
*Conics* - Ptolemy,
*The Almagest* - Copernicus,
*On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres* - Kepler,
*Epitome of Copernican Astronomy* - Galileo,
*Concerning the Two New Sciences* - Newton,
*Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy*
H. S. M. Coxeter, J. W. Downs, Thomas L. Heath, Morris Kline, Thomas S. Kuhn, C. Stanley Ogilvy, David Eugene Smith, Charles Taylor, Albert Waugh, All mathematical diagrams and animations were created using GeoGebra software. |

**Michael Ortiz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Department of Natural and Behavioral Sciences**

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College

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