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Eccentricities of Conjugate Hyperbolas

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Exploration

Show that if "hypeccen_1.gif" and "hypeccen_2.gif" are the eccentricities of a hyperbola and its conjugate, then

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Approach

Create the hyperbolas, compute their eccentricities and verify the relationship.

Initialize

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Solution

Create a hyperbola and its conjugate.

Clear[a,b];
h1=Hyperbola2D[{0,0},a,b,0];
h2=Hyperbola2D[h1,Conjugate2D];

Compute the eccentricities of the hyperbolas.

{e1=Eccentricity2D[h1],
e2=Eccentricity2D[h2]}

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Verify the relationship.

1/e1^2+1/e2^2 //Simplify

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