Conics are quadratic relations
that not necessarily functions. They
used to be in the Grade 11U curriculum, but are no longer required. If you would like, you can learn it for
yourself. It is not hard to do, but it
will take some time. The level of
difficulty is just more algebra with quadratics, and graphic some new curves
(some you already know!).
The conics:
It’s in your
textbook. This outline goes back to when
I used to assign this in class. This gives you an idea of how much work is
involved. Since you are learning it for
yourself, you can go through the work faster by skipping practice questions and
using a formula sheet (or cheat sheet, if you like). There’s no test, so it doesn’t matter. It is standard material in the US, so if you
are planning to do SATs to apply to university in the US, this will help.
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Textbook homework: §8.2 Equations of Loci Inclass: §8.1 constructing loci using GSP P588—593 #1—47 
P598 #1—3, 6, 7, 11 (Skip this.) 
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§8.3 Technology: Loci and Conics

Handout, Conic Locus (Draw all 4 conics, point by point using the locus definitions.) (This day of homework is easy to skip. The exercises are to build the conic relations using Geometer Sketchpad.) 
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§8.4 The Circle 
P614 #5b, 6, 10a, 14, 17, 21, 24, 26, 27, 29 (This day of homework is easy to skip assuming you are proficient with the equation of a circle.) 
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§8.5 The Ellipse 
P632 #1—5, 7—9, 20 
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§8.6 Hyperbolas 
P648 #1, 2; 3—6 (odd), 10, 16 
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§8.7 Parabolas Create a summary of all conics. 
P661 #1—5 (odd); 6, 8, 12, 14 (DON’T skip this. It’s very different working with the
definition of a directrix and focus.) 
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§8.8 Conics in expanded form Summarize

P672 #1—4, 6 
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§8.9 Intersections of Lines and Conics Conic Systems Enrichment: Solving algebraically for points of intersection given two conics (quadratic systems)

optional P684 #1ace, 2ace P684 #3ace, 4(do NOT roundoff), 11, 15 
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Work Period 
Practice Set – Conics P689—693 Review Conics 