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a point F is at a certain distance from a line AB .Another point P is moving in a plane such that the ratio of it's distance from F and line AB remains constant .find the locus of the point P

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    we can without loss of generality let the line be the x-axis, and F be at (0,k+1).

    We know that if the ratio is 1, the locus is a parabola. Maybe it still is.

    If P starts at (0,1) the ratio is k. We have

    y = √(x^2 + (k-y)^2)
    y^2 = x^2 + y^2 - 2ky + k^2
    2ky = x^2+k^2
    it's still a parabola.

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