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Chapter 8: Conic Sections and Rational Functions

In this chapter students will:

  • use the distance formula to find the distance between two points on a plane and to solve distance and rate problems
  • learn about conic sections?circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas?which are created by intersecting a plane and a cone
  • investigate the properties of conic sections
  • write the equations of conic sections
  • study rational functions and learn special properties of their graphs
  • add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational expressions

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