# Impossible question?

• Apr 14th 2010, 09:04 AM
Chokfull
Impossible question?
http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...1&d=1271264427

This question seems impossible to me, because you know the lamp is at the intersection of the two tangent lines, but you are given no clue as to where the lower tangent line is. It does not intersect the ellipse at the x-axis, because if it did then it would be a perfectly vertical line.
• Apr 14th 2010, 09:13 AM
Failure
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Originally Posted by Chokfull
http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...1&d=1271264427

This question seems impossible to me, because you know the lamp is at the intersection of the two tangent lines, but you are given no clue as to where the lower tangent line is. It does not intersect the ellipse at the x-axis, because if it did then it would be a perfectly vertical line.

You can figure out the location of the lamp by intersecting the tangent with x-intersect -5 with the line x=3. So you don't need to know anything more about that second tangent...