How do you find the standard equation for a parobala when you do not have the directrix? I do have the focus, but the thing is the focus is not a 0,p value, it is -2,5, so I don't see how it could really be a focus. I'm sorry I can't get the graph in this message, but an explanation on finding the standard equation in general will do. Thanks!!!
Algebra - Reiny, Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 5:36pm
<< ...but the thing is the focus is not a 0,p value, it is -2,5...>>
Is the focus (0,-2.5) or (-2.5,0)
you are also missing some more information.
There has to be at least another point given on the parabola.
Did they perhaps give you the vertex?
Here is a nice webpage that explains a lot about the parabola and its variations of equations to express it.