A parabola has a vertex at (0,0). The focus of the parabola is located on the positive y-axis.In which direction must the parabola open?updownleftright

Accepted Solution

Given the vertex of (0,0) and the focus sitting above it on the y axis, we can assume the parabola will be opening up.  

In general, if given the focus a good way to remember the direction the parabola is the opening we can use the following phrase:  A parabola will "hug" the focus and "run away" from the directrix.  In other words, the parabola will wrap around the focus.  

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