Calculus (3rd Edition)

Published by W. H. Freeman
ISBN 10: 1464125260
ISBN 13: 978-1-46412-526-3

Chapter 12 - Parametric Equations, Polar Coordinates, and Conic Sections - 12.5 Conic Sections - Exercises - Page 636: 15


$$ \left(\frac{x}{3}\right)^{2}-\left(\frac{y}{4}\right)^{2}=1. $$

Work Step by Step

Since the vertices are $(\pm 3,0)$ and the foci are $(\pm 5,0)$, then we have $a=3, c=5 $, and hence $b=\sqrt{c^2-a^2}=\sqrt{25-9}=4$. Hence the equation of the hyperbola is given by $$ \left(\frac{x}{3}\right)^{2}-\left(\frac{y}{4}\right)^{2}=1. $$
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