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Is it a conic? (Posted on 2017-04-19) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You've probably seen this shape before. It is several straight lines whose outline seems to be curved. Connect the following pairs of points with segments:

(1,0) and (0,8)
(2,0) and (0,7)
(3,0) and (0,6)
(8,0) and (0,1)

The 8 segments seem to form the outline a curve, but what curve? Is it a circle or maybe one branch of a hyperbola? Some other conic? Does it's equation have some other nice form?

No Solution Yet Submitted by Jer    
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  Subject Author Date
No Subjectemmastone0382017-04-24 01:53:43
SolutionAnother approachBrian Smith2017-04-20 23:41:14
I guess my computer finding actually agrees, as do both others.Charlie2017-04-19 20:36:36
Some ThoughtsComputer findings -- probably wrong, based on previous postsCharlie2017-04-19 14:09:46
re: Pen and acrylicsbroll2017-04-19 12:46:46
Some ThoughtsPen and acrylicsSteve Herman2017-04-19 12:08:49
Some ThoughtsColoured threadbroll2017-04-19 11:49:05
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