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Applications of Parabolas Name:
a A satellite dish is shaped like a paraboloid of revolution. The signals that emanate from a satellite strike
Me surface of the dish and are reflected to a single point, where the receiver is located. If the dish is 8 feet
‘across at its opening and 3 feet deep at its center, at what position should the receiver be placed?
2) A searchlight is shaped like a paraboloid of revolution. Ifthe light source is 3 feet from the base and the
opening is 10 feet across, how deep should the searchlight be?
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3) The towers of a suspension bridge are 400 feet apart and 100 ft high. Cables are at a height of 10 feet
midway between the towers. Assume the x-axis is the road and the y-axis is the center of the bridge, write an
equation for the parabola. What is the height of the cable at a point 50 feet from one of the towers?4) The parabolic arch shown in the figure is 50 feet above the water at the center and 200 feet wide at the
base. Will a boat that is 30 feet tall clear the arch 30 feet from the center? (use wat as x-avig) °
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5) Two towers OP and RQ of a suspension bridge are $0 meters high and 60 meters apart. A cable is
suspended between P and Q and approximates the shape of a parabola. The maximum sag in the middle of
‘the cable is 20 m.
8) Find the coordinates of the vertex of the parabola.
b) Find the equation of the parabola.
©) How high is the cable directly above X, given that XR = 10 meters?
6) Use the following diagram of the bridge to answer each question. Assume the road is the x-axis and the
center of the bridge is the y-axis.
8) Write an equation of the parabolic support.
b) Find the height of the vertical support 15 meters from the center.
parabolic arch
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A satellite dish is shaped like a paraboloid of revolution. The signals that emanate from a satellite strike
‘surface of the dish and are reflected to a single point, where the receiver is located. If the dish is 8 feet
across at its opening and 3 feet deep at its center, eae the receiver be placed?
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opening spect across, how deep should the searchlight be?
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3) The towers of a suspension bridge are 400 feet apart and 100 fi highCables ate ata eight of 10 feet
midway between the towers. Assume the x-axis is the road and the y-axis is the center of the bridge, write an
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5) Two towers OP and RQ of a suspension bridge are 50 meters high and 60 meters apart. A’cal
suspended between P and Q and approximates the shape of a parabola. The maximum sag in the middle of
the cable is 20 m,
a) Find the coordinates of the vertex ofthe parabola. ©30)4 (e010)
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c) How high is the cable directly above X, given that XR = 10 meters?
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6) Use the following diagram of the bridge to answer each question. Assume the road is the x-axis and the
‘center of the bridge is the y-axis.
a) Write an equation of the parabolic support.
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