Find the equation of the parabola that satisfies the following conditions: Focus (0, –3); directrix y = 3
Focus = (0, –3); directrix y = 3
Since the focus lies on the y-axis, the y-axis is the axis of the parabola.
Therefore, the equation of the parabola is either of the form x2 = 4ay or
x2 = – 4ay.
It is also seen that the directrix, y = 3 is above the x-axis, while the focus
(0, –3) is below the x-axis. Hence, the parabola is of the form x2 = –4ay.
Here, a = 3
Thus, the equation of the parabola is x2 = –12y.
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