1L20.40 - Conical Sections

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Conical Sections
Curves and Arcs
Area of Study:
Mechanics and Astronomy
Dissectible Cone.

See also 1L20.40 in Astronomy.

No advanced notice necessary, set the equipment up as shown.

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