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Ch 27: ACT Math - Conic Sections: Help and Review

About This Chapter

This ACT Math help and review chapter covers a variety of conic section concepts. Use the chapter's engaging video lessons and self-assessments to prepare for the ACT and refresh your understanding of conic sections, hyperbolas, parabolas, ellipses and circles.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering conic section material from the ACT Math section will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the conic section concepts that you'll need to know for the ACT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding basic conic section concepts
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about math (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about conic sections
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra math learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find lessons in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Watch the video or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the transcripts or specific lesson sections to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT Math - Conic Sections: Help & Review chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT Math - Conic Sections: Help & Review chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any math question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos and read text lessons on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a conic sections unit of a standard ACT prep course. Topics include:

  • Defining and graphing ellipses, hyperbolas and parabolas
  • Writing the equations of ellipses, hyperbolas and parabolas in standard form
  • Circles, conic sections and the distance formula
  • Hyperbola vertices and foci
  • Identifying conic sections

8 Lessons in Chapter 27: ACT Math - Conic Sections: Help and Review
Defining and Graphing Ellipses in Algebra

1. Defining and Graphing Ellipses in Algebra

Watch this video lesson to find out what makes ellipses so unique. Learn what kind of shape an ellipse is, how you can create one yourself and how you can graph an ellipse by just looking at the numbers in the equation.

How to Write the Equation of an Ellipse in Standard Form

2. How to Write the Equation of an Ellipse in Standard Form

In algebra, we have equations that make our life so much easier. Some equations are able to tell us information without hard math. Watch this video lesson to see how the equation of an ellipse does this.

The Circle: Definition, Conic Sections & Distance Formula

3. The Circle: Definition, Conic Sections & Distance Formula

Watch this video lesson, and you will learn what makes a circle a conic section. Also learn how to calculate the circumference of a circle. You will learn about the one important measurement that you need for any circle.

The Hyperbola: Definition, Vertices, Foci & Graphing

4. The Hyperbola: Definition, Vertices, Foci & Graphing

In this video lesson, we'll learn what a hyperbola is and how to graph one using the standard equation to find the center point, vertices and focus points.

How to Write the Equation of a Hyperbola in Standard Form

5. How to Write the Equation of a Hyperbola in Standard Form

When it comes to equations in algebra, there is most always a standard form that provides us with useful information. Watch this video lesson to learn how to write the standard form equation of a hyperbola by using information about the hyperbola.

The Parabola: Definition & Graphing

6. The Parabola: Definition & Graphing

Watch this video lesson to learn what a parabola is and how you can graph it. Find out how to extract useful information from the standard form equation of a parabola to help you graph it.

How to Write the Equation of a Parabola in Standard Form

7. How to Write the Equation of a Parabola in Standard Form

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to write the equation of a parabola in standard form when given just two important points from the parabola. Learn what these two points are and how they relate to the parabola.

How to Identify a Conic Section by Its Formulas

8. How to Identify a Conic Section by Its Formulas

In algebra, we have a formula for everything. Take a cone and slice it and we have a formula for the shape that results. Watch this video lesson to learn how to distinguish between these formulas.

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