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Thread: PURSUIT CURVE (differential geom)

  1. #1
    Dec 2007

    Exclamation PURSUIT CURVE (differential geom)

    I have here a problem in my Diff. Geom class.
    ----> Suppose an enemy plane begins at (0,0) and travels up the y-axis at constant speed v_{p}. A missile is fired at (a,0) with speed v_{m} and the missile has a heat sensor which always directs it toward the plane.
    1.] Show that the pusuit curve which the missile follows is given implicitly by the differential-integral equation
    y=xy^{'}+ \frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}} \int \sqrt{1+y^{' 2}}dx
    2.] Differentiate this expression to get a separable diff. eq. Integate to get the closed form expression fo the pusuit cuve
    y= \frac{a^{\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}}{2(1-\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}})} [x^{1-\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}-\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}} a^{1-\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}] - \frac{a^{-\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}}{2(1+\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}})} [x^{1+\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}+\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}} a^{1+\frac{v_{p}}{v_{m}}}]

    I already finished no.1. I did no.2 but I got a slightly different answer from the right hand side of the eq. there. Can someone help me out?
    Last edited by wiz_girl; Jan 3rd 2008 at 05:57 AM. Reason: unfinished due to mistyping
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    Jul 2005
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