# Parabola Equation Anatomy

- Author:
- Tim Brzezinski

- Topic:
- Conic Sections, Parabola

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How can you tell if the parabola has an axis of symmetry that is horizontal? Vertical? Explain.

How can you tell if the parabola has a directrix that is horizontal? Vertical? Explain.

Suppose the equation of a parabola is , where . Which of the following statments, if any, are true about this parabola?

Suppose the equation of a parabola is , where . Which of the following statments, if any, are true about this parabola?

Suppose the equation of a parabola is , where . Which of the following statments, if any, are true about this parabola?