Math - PreCalc (12th Grade)
posted by Anonymous .
Which equation represents a hyperbola whose foci lie at (2, 7) and (2, -3)?
there are lots of them, depending on the eccentricity. Recall that an hyperbola with equation
y^2/a^2 - x^2/b^2 = 1
has vertices at (0,±a) and foci at (0,±c) where c = ae and e>1 is the eccentricity.
Also, recall that c^2 = a^2 + b^2
Here, we have the center of the graph at (2,2) with c=5. So, we can pick a and b as long as a^2+b^2 = 5^2. A happy relation, no? How about a=3,b=4?
So, your hyperbola is shifted some, making its equation
(y-2)^2/9 - (x-2)^2/16 = 1
Verify this at
or, to see the foci plotted,