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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!!!

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    << ...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.

    http://www.algebralab.org/lessons/lesson.aspx?file=Algebra_conics_directrix.xml

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