Conic Sections

Post a total of 3 substantive responses over 2 separate days for full participation. This includes your initial post and 2 replies to classmates or your faculty member.
Due Thursday
This week we learn about conic sections that include parabolas, ellipses, and hyperbolas. If you look at the world around us, you will see some of these shapes and not realize that they are there. A prime example is the Golden Gate Bridge. You will see the suspension cables that hold up the bridge are in the shape of parabolas.

Respond to the following prompts in a minimum of 175 words:
Where in your community or state do you see conic sections? Provide an example of the conic section you found.
Why do you think it is important for you to know how to apply these to your life or future career?
Due Monday
Post 2 replies to classmates or your faculty member. Be constructive and professional.

Reply 1 Alexander Nartey:

From the start, one would think conic sections are hard to find in everyday life. However, if we pause and beak down conics, we will realize the application is seen in everyday life. They can be found in architecture, physics, astronomy, and navigation. They appear everywhere in the world and can be man-made or natural. There are 4 conic sections: parabolas, circles, ellipses and hyperbolas.
When we cut and take slices at various point to the edge of a cone, we can make a circle, an oval, parabola, or a hyperbola. Circles are used in cars, bikes, and other types of transportation. It helps ease the movement of vehicles in the form of wheels and helps gets vehicles from one place to the other. The size of a wheel is very crucial for any type of vehicle. Another example of a conic section are guitars which look like hyperbola and certain foods, such as carrot and cucumbers, that bring about an oval shape when sliced at a point to its primary pivot. Some real-life application of conic section in my community and state are bridges. One bridge in particular, the Bayonne Bridge which connects Staten Island to New Jersey, has an arch in the shape of a parabola.
Works Cited 2022. Chapter 10: Conic Sections. [online] Available at: .

Reply 2 Stacey Sherack:

Hi class. I hope everyone is hanging in there.
I don’t know about conic sections in the community or state. I do a lot of sewing and quilting and work with shapes and measurements on a regular basis. I would say circles and ellipses are what I am most familiar with. Circles and ellipses are pertinent to hemming pants, adjusting sleeves, or almost any alterations I can think of. The human body is rounded by nature and does not have straight lines. When making adjustments in garments, I have to take into consideration the percentage of stretch and give in a fabric, the original pattern or garment, and the amount of adjustment needed. I do a lot of math when I sew and quilt, but it is not like this. I also have to take a two-dimensional pattern and piece of fabric and turn it into a three-dimensional garment. I am not sure how this will tie into my future career, but I will definitely be sewing, quilting and creating garments for a very long time. Good luck to all of you on the exam this week!