The conic sections are a set of topics I'm not particularly well-versed in, and I'd like some advice so that I can build a bit of intuition. Geometric approaches usually don't bother me too much, but the formulas for computing distance from a point (x_{1},y_{1}) to a line Ax + By + C = 0 or y = mx + b definitely aren't sinking in, and I suspect it's because I don't fully understand similarity between right triangles.