Frankly, I'm not sure what some of these problems have to do with Calculus, but since they were assigned by a Calculus instructor, I'll assume they do.
The first one doesn't seem so bad at first.
For what values of c does the equation have exactly one solution?
I tried graphing to compare the two functions, and all I've been able to ascertain from the graphs is that c must be less than one. I don't know any way to solve this equation analytically. Ideas?
The other one, oh boy.
When a flexible cable of uniform density is suspended between two fixed points and hangs of its own weight, the shape of the cable must satisfy a differential equation of the form where k is a positive constant. Let in the differential equation. Solve the resulting first-order differential equation (in z) and then integrate to find y.
Maybe it's because I've been ill this weekend, but I'm completely stumped. I don't even know where to start.
Thanks for the help!