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the arch of a concrete bridge is a semi ellipse having a span of 60 ft and a central height of 20 ft. if the roadway is 25 ft above the base. find at 10 ft intervals the distance from the arch to the roadway. ( im completely lost which to solve/find)

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  1. Make a sketch of the semi-ellipse with centre (0,0)
    I assume you know the basic equation of an ellipse to be

    x^2/a^2 + y^2/b^2 = 1, where 2a is the major axis , and 2b is the minor axis

    in our case, a = 30, and b = 20

    equation:
    x^2/900 + y^2/400 = 1

    so we need the values of y for x = 0,10,20,30

    x^2/900 + y^2/400 = 1
    times 3600
    4x^2 + 9y^2 = 3600
    y^2 = (3600 - 4x^2)/9

    when x = 0
    y^2= 3600/9 = 400, y = √400 = 20

    when x = 10
    y^2 =(3600-400)/9 = 3200/9 , y = 18.856

    you do the last two

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  2. the arch of a concrete bridge is a semi ellipse having a span of 60 ft and a central height of 20 ft. if the roadway is 25 ft above the base. find at 10 ft intervals the distance from the arch to the roadway. ( im completely lost which to solve/find)

    Igot this answer:
    "
    Make a sketch of the semi-ellipse with centre (0,0)
    I assume you know the basic equation of an ellipse to be

    x^2/a^2 + y^2/b^2 = 1, where 2a is the major axis , and 2b is the minor axis

    in our case, a = 30, and b = 20

    equation:
    x^2/900 + y^2/400 = 1

    so we need the values of y for x = 0,10,20,30

    x^2/900 + y^2/400 = 1
    times 3600
    4x^2 + 9y^2 = 3600
    y^2 = (3600 - 4x^2)/9

    when x = 0
    y^2= 3600/9 = 400, y = √400 = 20

    when x = 10
    y^2 =(3600-400)/9 = 3200/9 , y = 18.856

    you do the last two "

    BUT I DON'T STILL GET HOW TO find at 10 ft intervals the distance from the arch to the roadway.

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  3. Since the roadway is at (0,25) in the center, I think that the 25 ft here would be subtracted from the stuff you got from x. So when x = 0, then (25-20) = 5 so (0,5). Then when x=10, (25 - 18.86) = 6.14 so (10, 6.14). The y increases as x is.

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  4. Since the roadway is at (0,25) in the center, I think that the 25 ft here would be subtracted from the stuff you got from x. So when x = 0, then (25-20) = 5 so (0,5). Then when x=10, (25 - 18.86) = 6.14 so (10, 6.14). The y increases as x is. Correct me if I'm wrong. Lol.

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  5. Well, sir/madam, whoever u are. Then the intervals would have coordinates (0,5), (10, 6.14), (20,10.09), and (30,25)?

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  6. That's the same with what I've solved. Since it's a span of 60ft/2 then 30ft to the right, then the roadway connecting to/touching the end of the arch imo (more-like in my computation) is (30, 25). Lol.

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  7. Isn't that a bit too much of increase in y sir/madam? From 13.94 or 14 to 25 real quick?

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  8. Idk man/dude/kid. Try doin' it yerself. You'll see how'd I end up there. Try graphing too and check. As I've said b4, 'Correct me if I'm wrong. Lol.'. Lol. Peace out. G'day.

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