Focal Parameter

The distance p (sometimes also denoted k) from the focus to the conic section directrix of a conic section. The following table gives the focal parameter for the different types of conics, where a is the semimajor axis, c is the distances from the origin to the focus, and e is the eccentricity.

See also

Conic Section, Conic Section Directrix, Eccentricity, Focus, Semilatus Rectum, Universal Parabolic Constant

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Focal Parameter." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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