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Posted by on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 2:13pm.

A boy throws a stone into a lake from a 74 foot high wall. The chart gives the horizontal distance, x (in feet), the rock has traveled from Jesse and the height, y (in feet) of the rock above the lake.

Distance, x: (14) (24) (41) (55)
Height, y: (86.43) (91.36) (92.19) (85.75)

Write the equation that best fits the path of the rock from Jesse to the lake below.

I wasn't at school when we were taught this and the notes I have mention nothing of this. I am completely lost, can someone help?

  • Math - , Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 5:49pm

    I will assume you want your data to fit an equation of the type

    y = ax^2 + bx + c

    from the first "point" (14,86.43)
    86.43 = 196a + 14b + c , (#1)
    from the 2nd:
    91.36 = 576a + 24b + c , (#2)
    from the 3rd:
    92.19 = 1681a + 41b + c , (#3)

    #2 - #1:
    4.93 = 380a + 10b -----#4
    #3 - #2
    .83 = 1105a + 17b ---- #5

    #4 times 17 -----> 83.81 = 6460a + 170b
    #5 times 10 -----> 8.3 = 11050a + 170b
    subtract them
    -75.51 = 4590a
    a = -.01645
    in #4:
    4.93 = 380(-.01645) + 10b
    b = 1.11814
    in #1
    86.43 = 196(-.01645) + 14(1.11814) + c
    c = 74
    y = -.1645x^2 + 1.11814x + 74

    testing for point not used:
    (55,85.75)
    RS = -.01645(55^2) + 1.11814(55) + 74
    = 85.73
    the given data was 85.74 , not bad

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