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An arch in the form of a semi ellipse has a span of 10 meters and a central height of 4 m. Find the heights of the arch at a point of 3 meters from the semi minor axis.

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  1. Clearly you have an ellipse with semi-axes

    a = 5
    b = 4
    So, c=3

    The latus rectum is the line perpendicular to the semi-major axis, through a focus.

    The semi-latus rectum is b^2/a = 16/5

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  2. 3.2 m is my final answer.

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