# How to use *Latus-rectum* in a sentence

The line FL perpendicular to the axis, G D and passing through the focus, is the semilatus rectum, the

**latus rectum**being the focal chord parallel to the directrix.This is a parabola with vertical axis, of latus-rectum 2uiulg.

Now in a conic whose focus is at 0 we have where 1 is half the latus-rectum, a is half the major axis, and the upper or lower sign is to be taken according as the conic is an ellipse or hyperbola.

This is recognized as the polar equation of a conic referred to the focus, the half latus-rectum being hf/u.

Then the square of the ordinate intercepted between the diameter and the curve is equal to the rectangle contained by the portion of the diameter between the first vertex and the foot of the ordinate, and the segment of the ordinate intercepted between the diameter and the line joining the extremity of the

**latus rectum**to the second vertex.AdvertisementThe conics are distinguished by the ratio between the

**latus rectum**(which was originally called the latus erectum, and now often referred to as the parameter) and the segment of the ordinate intercepted between the diameter and the line joining the second vertex with the extremity of the**latus rectum**.When the cutting plane is inclined to the base of the cone at an angle less than that made by the sides of the cone, the

**latus rectum**is greater than the intercept on the ordinate, and we obtain the ellipse; if the plane is inclined at an equal angle as the side, the**latus rectum**equals the intercept, and we obtain the parabola; if the inclination of the plane be greater than that of the side, we obtain the hyperbola.In modern notation, if we denote the ordinate by y, the distance of the foot of the ordinate from the vertex (the abscissa) by x, and the

**latus rectum**by p, these relations may be expressed as 31 2 for the hyperbola.