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Homework Help: Algebra II

Posted by Adeline on Monday, February 11, 2008 at 8:40pm.

I'm confused..

1. The cables of a suspension bridge are in the shape of a parabola. The towers supporting the cable are 600 feet apart and 80 feet high. If the cables touch the road surface midway between the towers, what is the height of the cable at a point 150 feet from the middle of the bridge?

2. A searchlight is shaped like a paraboloid of revolution. If the light source is located 2 feet from the base along the axis of symmetry and the opening is 5 feet across, how deep should the search light be?

What is be best to set up a graph for these? And what is a paraboloid?

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