This is a free lesson from our course in Algebra II This lesson explains how to calculate asymptotes of conic sections and graph it. If a hyperbola has x axis as a major axis and y as minor axis then equation of the hyperbola is            x2/a2 - y2/b2 = 1, where (0, 0) is the center of hyperbola. The equation of the asymptotes are           y = (b/a) x For example, the asymptotes of the hyperbola 9x2 - 16y2 = 144 are given by           y = (b/a)x  (More text below video...)
Other useful lessons:
 Completing the square Graphing the equation of a circle Graphing the equation of a parabola Graphing the equation of a hyperbola Conic sections and special points
(Continued from above) Remember hyperbolas are the only conic sections with asymptotes. Even though hyperbolas and parabolas are similar, parabolas are formed by distance from a point and the distance to a line being the same. Therefore parabolas don't have asymptotes.
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