Hyperbola with center at
(x
_{1}
, y
_{1}
)
calculator
▲
(
x
−
)
^{2}
−
(
y
−
)
^{2}
= 1
2
2
x
^{2}
−
y
^{2}
+
x
+
y
+
= 0
Transverse axis length (a)
Conjugate axis length (b)
Foci distance (c)
Eccentricity (e)
Center of hyperbola
Foci coordinates
Vertex coordinates
Coordinates of (b)
Asymptotes line
Latus rectum length
Point x
_{0}
Point y
_{0}
Input limit:
Notes:
Hyperbola equation:
Hyperbola center (0,0) summary
Tangent line ex: 2
,
2a
,
2b
Center and foci ex: 5
Hyperbola center (h,k) summary
Eccentricity ex: 3
,
3a
Hyperbola equation ex: 6
Equation verification ex: 1
,
1a
,
1b
Foci ex: 4
,
4a
,
4b
Converting formats ex: 7
Hyperbola  with center at
(0 , 0)
summary
▲
A hyperbola is the locus of all points the difference of whose distances from two fixed points
is a positive constant

d
_{1}
 d
_{2}
 = constant
.
the two fixed points are called the foci.
The general equation of a hyperbola is:
distance between both foci is: 2c
a and b − major and minor radius
General equation of a hyperbola is:
(
center at x
= 0
y
= 0)
The line through the foci F
_{1}
and F
_{2}
of a hyperbola is called the transverse axis and the perpendicular bisector of the segment F
_{1}
and F
_{2}
is called the conjugate axis the intersection of these axes is called the center of the hyperbola.
The
eccentricity
e of a hyperbola is:
Where (c = half distance between foci) c
>
a then always e
> 1
The
vertices
of a hyperbola are the intersection points of the transverse axis and the hyperbola.
From hyperbola definition

d
_{1}
−
d
_{2}
 = const
And from x direction
2
c
+ 2(
a − c
) = const
2
d
= 2
a
And we get the relation d
=
a and:
The points A
_{1}
and A
_{2}
in this case
(±
a ,
0)
are the vertices of the transverse axis.
The two distinctive tangent lines shown as dashed lines are called the asymptotes and has the equations:
and
Any hyperbola has 3 distinctive regions:
Region
Relation
Condition
Notes
①
−
②
x
>
a
Tangent line to the hyperbola exists only in this region (blue).
③
x
<
−a
−
Horizontal and vertical hyperbolas with center at
(0 , 0)
summary table
Hyperbola
center at
(0 , 0)
Horizontal
Vertical
Hyperbola equation
b
^{2}
x
^{2}
− a
^{2}
y
^{2}
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
= 0
or A
x
^{2}
− B
y
^{2}
+
C
= 0
−a
^{2}
x
^{2}
+
b
^{2}
y
^{2}
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
= 0
or A
y
^{2}
− B
x
^{2}
+
C
= 0
Hyperbola direction
left  right (horizontal)
up  down (vertical)
Vertices coordinates
(
a
)
(
−a ,
0)
and
(
a ,
0)
(0
, −a
)
and
(0
, a
)
Foci coordinates
(
c
)
(
−c ,
0)
and
(
c ,
0)
(0
, −c
)
and
(0
, c
)
Conjugate
(
b
)
(0
−b
)
and
(0
, b
)
(
−b
, 0)
and
(
b ,
0)
Asymptotes line
Slope at
(
x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
)
any
point on the hyperbola
x
_{0}
is given
⟶
y
_{0}
is:
y
_{0}
is given
⟶
x
_{0}
is:
Converting hyperbola presentation formats:
(
See detail calculation
)
① Ax
^{2}
+
By
^{2}
+
E
= 0
②
① → ②
If E
< 0
Horizontal
If E
> 0
Vertical
If E
= 0
Not hyperbola
② → ①
A
=
b
^{2}
B
=
−a
^{2}
E
=
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
③
③ → ①
A
=
−a
^{2}
B
=
b
^{2}
E
=
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
The line passing through the focus of the hyperbola and is perpendicular to the transverse axis starting from one side of the hyperbola to the opposite side is called the latus rectum
(
L
)
and is equal to:
The height y
_{0}
from the hyperbola equation is:
Hyperbola  with center at
(h , k)
summary
▲
If the center of the vertical horizontal is moved by the values x = h and y = k (positive directions) then the equation of the hyperbola becomes:
horizontal
The location of the vertices, foci and b are presented in the drawings at left.
If the center of the vertical hyperbola is moved by the values x = h and y = k (positive axis directions) then the equations of the hyperbola becomes:
vertical
We can see that the y and x values swap places and noe the x variable is the negative.
In order to make the solution of shifted hyperbola easier we can perform a transformation T that will center the hyperbola to the origin and after all the calculations we can transform the answers back to the real values.
T
= (
h , k
)
and back by the same transformation T
= (
h , k
) (
See
example
3
a
)
Horizontal and vertical hyperbolas with center at
(
h , k
)
summary table
Hyperbola
center at
(h , k)
Horizontal
Vertical
Hyperbola equation
Ax
^{2}
− By
^{2}
+
Cx
+
Dy
+
E
= 0
Ay
^{2}
− Bx
^{2}
+
Cx
+
Dy
+
E
= 0
Hyperbola direction
left  right (horizontal)
up  down (vertical)
Vertices
(
a
)
(
h − a , k
)
and
(
h
+
a , k
)
(
h , k − a
)
and
(
h , k
+
a
)
Foci location
(
c
)
(
h − c , k
)
and
(
h
+
c , k
)
(
h , k − c
)
and
(
h , k
+
c
)
Conjugate
(
b
)
(
h , k − b
)
and
(
h , k
+
b
)
(
h − b , k
)
and
(
h
+
b , k
)
Asymptotes line
Slope at
(
x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
)
any
point on the hyperbola
x
_{0}
is given
⟶
y
_{0}
is:
y
_{0}
is given
⟶
x
_{0}
is:
Converting hyperbola presentation formats:
(
See calculation example
)
Example 1  Verify the equation of a hyperbola
▲
From the definition of the hyperbola we know that:
d
_{2}
− d
_{1}
= ±2
a
Where a is equal to the x axis value or half the transverse axis length.
From the drawing d
_{1}
and d
_{2}
are equal to:
Simplify the equation by transferring one redical to the right and squaring both sides:
After rearranging terms we obtain:
We square again both sides to find:
After arranging terms we get:
Dividing by a
^{2}
− c
^{2}
we find:
Since b
^{2}
= c
^{2}
− a
^{2}
we get the general equation of the hyperbola.
If the foci are placed on the y axis then we can find the equation of the hyperbola the same way: d
_{2}
− d
_{1}
= ±2
a
Where a is equal to the half value of the conjugate axis length.
From the drawing d
_{1}
and d
_{2}
are equal to:
Substitute values into d
_{1}
and d
_{2}
we get:
After arranging terms and square both sides we get:
After canceling terms we find:
After dividing by b
^{2}
we get the final form:
Example 1a  Verify the equation of a hyperbola
▲
Verify why the equation y
^{2}
−
36
x
^{2}
−
72
x −
12
y
= 0
is not a hyperbola.
By the method of comleting the square formula we have:
(
y
^{2}
−
12y) − (36
x
^{2}
+ 72
x
) = 0
(
y
^{2}
−
12y) − 36(
x
^{2}
+ 2
x
) = 0
[(
y −
6)
^{2}
− 36] − 36[(
x
+ 1)
^{2}
−
1] = 0
(
y −
6)
^{2}
− 36 − 36(
x
+ 1)
^{2}
+ 36 = 0
(
y −
6)
^{2}
− 36(
x
+ 1)
^{2}
= 0
Calculate a
^{2}
and b
^{2}
we get:
For hyperbola a and b canot be equal to zero.
We can further investigate the given equation and find the intercepts with the y axis by setting x = 0
y
^{2}
−
12
y
= 0
y(y −
12) = 0
The solutions are y
= 0
and y
= 12
Applying the same process to find the x axis intercepts where y
= 0
36
x
^{2}
+ 72
x
= 0
x
(36
x
+ 72) = 0
The solutions are x
= 0
and x
=
−
2
From the equation
(
y −
6)
^{2}
− 36(
x
+ 1)
^{2}
= 0
we can see that when
y
= 6
and x
=
−
1
the left side is equal to 0 and hence a solution.
The result is a double line with same slope one positive and the other negative, the lines intersects at
(
−
1 , 6)
see sketch at left.
Example 1b  Direction and basic values of a hyperbola
▲
Find the direction, vertices and foci coordinates of the hyperbola given by y
^{2}
−
4
x
^{2}
+ 6 = 0
.
transfer
6
to the other side of the equation we get:
y
^{2}
−
4
x
^{2}
= −
6
Divide both sides by −
6
After arranging numbers
From the hyperbola equation we see that the coefficient of x
^{2}
is positive and of y
^{2}
is negative so the hyperbola is horizontal with the values h
= 0
, k
= 0
a
^{2}
= 1.5
b
^{2}
= 6
The center is located at:
(0 , 0)
The coordinates of the vertices are:
(−
1.22
, 0) (1.22 , 0)
The values of the foci are:
The coordinates of the foci are:
(−
2.74
, 0) (2.74 , 0)
The eccentricity is:
or
Example 2  Tangent line to hyperbola
▲
Find the equation of the line tangent to the hyperbola
x
^{2}
−
4
y
^{2}
−
16 = 0
at the point P
_{0}
(5 , 1.5)
.
By implicit differentiation we will find the value of dy/dx that is the slope at any x and y point.
Implicit differentiation dy/dx is:
The value of dy/dx is:
At the given point the slope is:
Equation of the tangent
line
that passes through the given point P
_{0}
on the hyperbola and has slope m is
given by the equation: y
=
mx
+ (
y
_{p}
− mx
_{p}
)
Substitute the point P
_{0}
(5 , 1.5)
we get:
y
=
mx
+ (1.5
− m *
5)
And the tangent line equation is:
5
x −
6
y −
16 = 0
(see the sketch of the tangent line at left)
It can be seen that the point x
_{0}
on the x axis must be located in the region

x
_{0}
 >
a or
x
_{0}
< − 4
and P
_{0}
> 4
Example 2a  Tangent line to hyperbola passing through a point
▲
Given the hyperbola
Find the equation of the lines tangent to this hyperbola and
passing through the point
(1 , −
1
)
.
By implicit differentiation we will find the value of dy/dx that is the slope at any x and y point.
Slope at point (x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
) is
(1)
The tangent line L
_{1}
is tangent to the hyperbola at (x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
) hence it satisfies the hyperbola equation:
(2)
Now the equation of the line passing through the point (x
_{1}
, y
_{1}
) and has a slope of m is:
y = mx + y
_{1}
− m x
_{1}
The point (x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
) is located on the line hence it satisfies the equation of the line.
y
_{0}
= mx
_{0}
+ y
_{1}
− m x
_{1}
(3)
After substituting the values of x
_{1}
= 1 and y
_{1}
= −
1
in equation 3. we should solve the three equations
(1) (2) and (3) which has three unknowns x
_{0}
, y
_{0}
and m.
From equation
(2)
we have
x
_{0}
^{2}
− 3 y
_{0}
^{2}
− 6 = 0
(2)
Inserting
(1)
to
(3)
and multiplying by 3y
_{0}
x
_{0}
^{2}
− 3 y
_{0}
^{2}
− 3y
_{0}
− x
_{0}
= 0
(4)
Inserting from equation
(2)
the value x
_{0}
^{2}
− 3 y
_{0}
^{2}
= 6 into equation (4) we get
x
_{0}
= 6 − 3y
_{0}
(5)
Inserting equation (5) into equation (2) we get:
And finally we get the quadratic equation:
y
_{0}
^{2}
− 6y
_{0}
+ 5 = 0
And the solution is:
From equation (5) we find the x values:
x
_{0}
= 6 − 3 * 5 = −
9
and
x
_{0}
= 6 − 3 * 1 = 3
The tangency points are:
(−
9
, 5)
and
(3 , 1)
The tangent lines equation can be found by:
And we find the 2 tangent lines as:
3
x
+ 5
y
+ 2 = 0
x − y −
2 = 0
If we solve the general case of tangency points from any point we get the following equations:
Example 2b  Asymptotes and conjugate axis
▲
The conjugate axis length of a hyperbola with center at
(0 , 0)
is equal to
8
and the asymptotes
are y
= ±2
x. Find the equation of the hyperbola.
From the conjugate length we can find the value of b.
2
b
= 8
and b
= 4
From the slope of the asymptotes we can find the value of the transverse axis length a.
b
/
a
= ±2
a
=
b
/ 2 = 4 / 2 = 2
4
x
^{2}
− y
^{2}
−
16 = 0
Example 3  vertices and eccentricity
▲
Find the equation of the hyperbola with vertices at
(0 , ± 6)
and eccentricity of 5 / 3.
Notice that the vertices are on the y axis so the equation of the hyperbola is of the form.
The value of the vertice from the given data is: 6 along the y axis.
Since the eccentricity is: e
=
c / a
c
=
e * a
=
5 * 6 / 3
= 10
The co vertices in the x direction is:
The equation of the hyperbola is:
The foci are at the points:
(0 , 10)
and
(0 ,
−
10)
Latus rectum coordinate is the value x
_{0}
of the graph at the point y
_{0}
= c = 10
And the latus rectum length is:
L
= 2
* x
_{0}
= 2 * 10.67 = 21.33
The latus rectum is also equal to L
= 2
* b
^{2}
/
a
Example 3a  vertices and eccentricity
▲
Find the vertices, foci and b lengths and the coordinates of the hyperbola given by the equation:
(
Use the center transformation to the origin
)
.
Because the sign of x is negative then the foci and the vertices are located on the y axis.
Fron the hyperbola equation we can see that in order to move the center to the origin we have to subtruct 2 in the x direction and add 4 in the y direction that is the transformation T
_{x,y}
(
−
2 , 4)
.
and we get the equation:
From the hyperbola equation we can see that a
^{2}
= 9 a = 3 and b
_{2}
= 16 b = 4.
The distance of the foci is:
The eccentricity of the hyperbola is:
The coordinates of the vertices are:
(0
, −
3)
and
(0
,
3)
The coordinates of the foci are:
(0
, −
5)
and
(0
,
5)
The coordinate of b in x direction:
(
−
4 , 0)
and
(4
,
0)
Now we have to transform back the values of the coordinates by the value: T
^{ −1}
= (−
2
, 4)
this transformation values are the same as T
_{x,y}
that is because the values of h and k in the hyperbola are actually at the opposite sign values for example the value
(
x −
2)
means a point at x
= +2
.
The coordinate of the vertices are:
(0 − 2
, −
3 + 4)
,
(0 − 2
, 3 +
4)
→
(−
2
,
1)
,
(−
2
, 7)
The coordinate of the foci are:
(0 − 2
, −
5
+ 4
)
,
(0 − 2
, 5 +
4)
→
(−
2
, −
1)
,
(−
2
,
9)
The coordinate of b in x direction:
(
−
4
−
2 , 0
+ 4
)
,
(4 − 2 , 0 + 4)
→
(−
6
,
4)
,
(2
,
4)
Example 4  foci and eccentricity
▲
Find the equation of the hyperbola that has accentricity of
1.5
, and foci at points
(±6 , 0)
.
We see that the foci are located on the transverse axis
(
x axis
)
so the hyperbola is horizontal.
The value of the vertex is:
The value of conjugate axis length b is:
And the equation of the hyperbola is:
Example 4a  eccentricity and a point
▲
Find the equation of the hyperbola that has accentricity of
2.236
, and center at origin, passing through the point
(3 , 2)
.
The given point is located on the hyperbola hence it fullfil the equation.of the hyperbola
Point
(x
_{1}
, y
_{1}
)
(1)
From the equation:
We have:
b
^{2}
=
a
^{2}
(
e
^{2}
−
1)
(2)
Substitute
(2)
into
(1)
:
(3)
Solving for a we get:
x
_{1}
^{2}
(
e
^{2}
−
1)
− y
_{1}
^{2}
− a
^{2}
(
e
^{2}
−
1) = 0
And the value of a is:
(4)
Substitute point
(3 , 2)
to equation
(4)
to get a
^{2}
:
Substitute point a to equation
(2)
to get b
^{2}
b
^{2}
= 8(5 − 1) = 32
And the equation of the hyperbola is:
4
x
^{2}
− y
^{2}
−
32 = 0
Example 4b  focii and a point
▲
Find the equation of the hyperbola that has foci at
(0 , ±4)
, and center at origin, passing through the point
(1 , 3)
.
The foci points are located on the y axis hence the hyperbola is a vertical.
The given point is located on the hyperbola so they fullfil the hyperbola equation.
Point
(
x
_{1}
, y
_{1}
)
(1)
From the equation:
c
^{2}
= a
^{2}
+ b
^{2}
We have:
b
^{2}
=
c
^{2}
− a
^{2}
(2)
Substitute
(2)
into
(1)
:
(3)
Solving for a we get:
a
^{4}
− a
^{2}
(
c
^{2}
+
x
_{1}
^{2}
+
y
_{1}
^{2}
) +
c
^{2}
y
_{1}
^{2}
= 0
Set u = a
^{2}
we get a
quadratic equation
with u: u
^{2}
− u
(
c
^{2}
+
x
_{1}
^{2}
+
y
_{1}
^{2}
) +
c
^{2}
y
_{1}
^{2}
= 0
The solution is:
(4)
And the value of a
^{2}
is:
a
^{2}
= u
The value of b can be found by equation
(2)
.
Substitute point
(2 , 3)
to equation
(4)
to get:
The focus should be bigger then a so a
^{2}
is:
a
^{2}
=
u
= 8
The value of b
^{2}
is:
b
^{2}
= c
^{2}
− a
^{2}
= 16 − 8 = 8
And the equation of the hyperbola is:
y
^{2}
− x
^{2}
= 8
Example 5  Center of hyperbula
▲
Find the center the foci and the vertices coordinates of the hyperbola given by the equation
x
^{2}
−
16
y
^{2}
−
4
x −
32
y −
28 = 0
. analyze the case that the last term is
+ 28
Divide terms into x and y variables:
(
x
^{2}
−
4
x
) − (16
y
^{2}
+ 32
y
) − 28 = 0
By applying the method of completing the square formula
(
x
+
a
)
^{2}
=
x
^{2}
+ 2
ax
+
a
^{2}
we get:
(
x −
2)
^{2}
−
4 − 16(
y
+ 1)
^{2}
+ 16 − 28 = 0
(
x −
2)
^{2}
−
16(
y
+ 1)
^{2}
= 16
After dividing by
16
we get:
The center of this hyperbola is at
(2 , − 1)
h
=
−
2
and k
= 1
.
The transvers axis half length (a) is equal to
4
.
and the conjugate axis half length (b) is equal to
1
.
Because a
>
b this hyperbola is horizontal so the transverse axis is along the x axis.
The foci distance is calculated from the equation:
In order to find the coordinates of the foci we will take the center of the hyperbola at
(2 , −
1
)
and add and substruct the value of c in the x directin.
(2 +
c , −
1)
(2 −
c , −
1)
=
(2 + 4.12
, −
1)
(2 −
4.12
, −
1)
=
(6.12
, −
1)
(
−
2.12
, −
1)
To find the coordinate of the vertices we perform the same process as for the foci but with the value of a.
(2 +
a , −
1)
(2 −
a , −
1)
=
(2 + 4
, −
1)
(2 −
4
, −
1)
=
(6
, −
1)
(
−
2
, −
1)
Repeat the same method as before but with + sign instead of minus x
^{2}
−
16
y
^{2}
−
4
x −
32
y
+ 28 = 0
(
x
^{2}
−
4
x
) − (16
y
^{2}
+ 32
y
) + 28 = 0
(
x −
2)
^{2}
−
4 − 16(
y
+ 1)
^{2}
+ 16 + 28 = 0
(
x −
2)
^{2}
−
16(
y
+ 1)
^{2}
=
−
40
Divide by −
40
and again by 16 we get:
and finally
We can see that changing the sign of the last term changed the value of the free term to negative and hence the hyperbola changed to vertical also the values of a and b had been changed.
Example 6  Equation of hyperbola
▲
Find the equation of the locus of all points the difference of whose distances from the fixed points
(0, 2)
and
(0, 10)
is
6
.
The fixed points are the foci of the hyperbola and they are located on the y axis so the transverse axis of the hyperbola is on the y axis and the hyperbola is vertical.
The focus is equal to:
From the definition of the hyperbola we know that:
d
_{2}
− d
_{1}
= 2
a
and the value of a is
6 = 2
a
a
= 6 / 2 = 3
and the value of conjugate vertex b is:
The hyperbola in the x'y'
(0,0)
system is:
From the two points of the foci the center of the hyperbola can be found at:
We can see that the hyperbola is moved upward from the origion by the value k
= 6
hence the hyperbola equation turns to be:
Or by multiplying terms we get the form:
−
9
x
^{2}
+ 5
y
^{2}
−
60
y
+ 135 = 0
Example 7  Converting hyperbola formats
▲
Find the translation equations between the two forms of hyperbola.
①
Ax
^{2}
− By
^{2}
+
Cx
+
Dy
+
E
= 0
②
From equation ② we have:
b
^{2}
(
x
+
h
)
^{2}
− a
^{2}
(
y
+
k
)
^{2}
=
a
^{2}
b
^{2}
b
^{2}
(
x
^{2}
+
2
hx
+
h
^{2}
)
− a
^{2}
(
y
^{2}
+
2
ky
+
k
^{2}
) =
a
^{2}
b
^{2}
And finally:
b
^{2}
x
^{2}
+
2
b
^{2}
hx
+
b
^{2}
h
^{2}
− a
^{2}
y
^{2}
− 2
a
^{2}
ky − a
^{2}
k
^{2}
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
= 0
Rearranging by powers order:
b
^{2}
x
^{2}
− a
^{2}
y
^{2}
+
2
b
^{2}
h
x
−
2
a
^{2}
k
y
+ b
^{2}
h
^{2}
− a
^{2}
k
^{2}
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
= 0
Now we can find the values of the coefficients of the hyperbola equation ① A, B, C, D and E.
A
=
b
^{2}
B
=
−a
^{2}
C
=
2
b
^{2}
h
D
= −
2
a
^{2}
k
E
=
b
^{2}
h
^{2}
− a
^{2}
k
^{2}
− a
^{2}
b
^{2}
For example:
→
2
x
^{2}
−
4
y
^{2}
−
8
x −
8
y −
4 = 0
A
= 2
B
=
−
4
C
= 2∙2∙(−
2
) =
−
8
D
=
−
2∙4∙1 =
−
8
E
=
8 −
4 −
8
=
−
4
The transformation from equation ① to equation ② includes more steps to solve:
From equation ① we have:
(
A x
^{2}
+
C x
) − (
B y
^{2}
− D y
) =
−E
Take A and B out of both parenthesis:
Now use the square identities to get the square equations:
We have to remember to subtract the bold square complements values from the square equation:
Let φ be equal to the right side of the equation:
Divide both sides by the value of φ to get the standard form:
For example:
x
^{2}
−
10
y
^{2}
+
4
x +
20
y −
16 = 0
→
NOTES
(1)
Notice that pressing on the sign in the equation of the hyperbola or entering a negative number changes the + / − sign and changes the input to positive value.
(2)
Calculations are performed during each input digit therefore the hyperbola orientation can be changed. Complete all the inputs to get the desired solution.