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10-71.

Using focus-directrix graph paper, sketch a parabola that has a horizontal directrix four units above the focus, which is at $(0, 0)$. You can get focus-directrix paper on the Lesson 10.1.3 Resource Page. 10-71 HW eTool (Desmos).

1. Write an expression for the distance from the focus to any point $(x, y)$ on the parabola.

$\sqrt{x^2+y^2}$

2. Write an expression for the distance from the directrix to any point $(x, y)$ on the parabola.

Notice that the closest point on the directrix is going to have the same $x$-value.

3. If all of the points on a parabola are equidistant from the focus and directrix, use your expressions from parts (a) and (b) to write an equation for the parabola.

Use this eTool to create a parabola.
Click the link at right for the full version of the eTool: INT2 10-71 HW eTool.