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A satellite dish has a parabolic cross section and is 6 ft deep. The focus is 4 ft from the vertex. Find the width of the satellite dish at the opening. Round your answer to the nearest foot.

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  • algebra - ,

    from y^2 = 4px
    the parabola has equation:
    y^2 = 16x

    at its widest point, x = 6
    y^2 = 16(36) = 576
    y + ±24

    so the width = 48 ft

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