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There are three conics: the ellipse; parabola and hyperbola. Although the shapes are familiar, their usefulness is not. Conics have very real properties that are useful to people as diverse as gard...eners and astronomers. By "reflecting" on the reflection properties of the conies, the audience is taken on a journey from the earth to the stars.The programme looks at the applications of conics, from formal Victorian gardens to the Hubble space telescope.
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Module code and title: M203, Introduction to pure mathematics
Item code: M203; 03; 1997
First transmission date: 1997
Published: 1997
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Duration: 00:28:55
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Producer: Anne-Marie Gallen
Contributors: David Brannan; David Brannan; Mike Mehler; Rene Rutten; James Telfer; Joan Walker; Joan Walker; Maggie Whittaker; Maggie Whittaker
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Cassegrain; Circle; Conics actions; Elipse; Herschel telescope; Hubble telescope; Hyperbola; Major axis; Martlesham Heath; Minor axis; Optical telescope; Parabolic mirror; Royal Horticultural Society; Wisley
Subject terms: Conic sections; Conics, Spherical; Curves, Plane
Master spool number: DOU9054
Production number: DOU9054
Videofinder number: 5394
Available to public: no