trig
posted by
lindsey on
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The cross section of a television antenna dish is a parabola. A dish has a receiver that is located at the focus, 4 ft. above the vertex.
Find the equation. (which I did)  x^2 = 8y
If the dish is 8 feet wide, how deep is it?

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Damon,
so x = +/ 4 if 8 wide
what is y ?
16 = 8 y
y = 2

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lindsey,
Wow. Do I just substitute x with 8, and then solve to get y=5?

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Lindsey,
Oops nevermind, sorry.

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Damon,
No, x is half the width.