What is a parabola?
- A parabola is the path a ball follows when it is thrown.
- A parabola is a curvy bowl shape:
- A parabola is a polynomial of degree 2. It can be written in an expanded form like f(x)=Ax2+Bx+C or a factored form like f(x)=A(x−B)(x−C)
- All the points on a parabola are the same distance from a special point called the focus as they are from a special line called the directrix.
- A parabola is the shape you get when you slice through a cone like this: