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I come before V when I open up to you

You focus on a point and get directed to a line too

My cone isn't delicious to many a high schooler

If only compared to hyperbolic humor I was cooler

Name this mathematical object

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Perhaps it's a

Parabola

I come before V when I open up to you

It's shaped like a letter U when it opens upward, which is the letter before V in the alphabet.

You focus on a point and get directed to a line too

Focus (a point) and directrix (a line) of a parabola

My cone isn't delicious to many a high schooler

Not sure about this; maybe because a parabola is a conic section of a cone?

If only compared to hyperbolic humor I was cooler

Hyperbolas look similar to parabolas

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  • $\begingroup$ Yep, the 3rd line refers to a hatred of mathematics by many high schoolers, also the 1st line was originally going to use the term "concave upward" to confuse people, but the rhyming wouldn't work. $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 9 '18 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ I thought about a variable named u because it was before v $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 9 '18 at 2:45
  • $\begingroup$ @XavierStanton Ohh yeah "concave upward" would've been cool. Not sure if maybe "concave upward" is too specific to parabolas, but "open up" works great for this puzzle too $\endgroup$ – sedrick Aug 9 '18 at 2:55
  • $\begingroup$ "Concave Upward" is the technical term, especially in calculus $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 9 '18 at 4:14

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