At the start of the chapter you were given an equation which modelled the leap of
a dolphin as it ‘flew’ out of the water. The equation is h = −0.4d2 + d, where h is
the dolphin’s height above water and d is the horizontal distance from its starting
point. Both h and d are in metres.
1 How high above the water is the dolphin when it has travelled 2 m horizontally
from its starting point?
2 What horizontal distance does the dolphin cover when it first reaches a height of
25 cm?
3 What horizontal distance does the dolphin cover when it next
4 What horizontal distance does the dolphin cover in one leap?
(Hint: What is the value of h when the dolphin has completed
its leap?)
5 Can this dolphin reach a height of:
a 0.5 m? b 1 m during a leap?
How can you work this out without actually solving the
equation?
6 Find the greatest height that the dolphin reaches during a leap.

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The equation is $\displaystyle h=-0.4d^2+d.$

1. Substitute $\displaystyle d=2$ into the equation and work out what $\displaystyle h$ is.

2 & 3. Let $\displaystyle h=0.25.$ Thus $\displaystyle 0.25=-0.4d^2+d;$ moving all the terms to the left, $\displaystyle 0.4d^2-d+0.25=0.$ Solve this quadratic equation for $\displaystyle d.$ You will get two values; the smaller value is the answer to 2 and the bigger value that to 3.

4. Hint: $\displaystyle h=0.$

5 and 6. Hint: $\displaystyle h = -0.4d^2+d = -0.4(d^2-2.5d) = -0.4\left[(d-1.25)^2-1.5625\right].$

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What horizontal distance does the dolphin cover if it performs 3 leaps in a row?
Think how can you work this out without actually solving quadratic equations?
Find the greatest height that the dolphin reaches during a leap. Apply 3 different approaches to solve "the maximum height" problem.
Here are the 3 different approaches: Completing the square, line of symmetry of the parabola and I actually don't know the last one. Haha! Can you think what other approaches could I use? HELP. ):

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Originally Posted by jaizzerzerzer
What horizontal distance does the dolphin cover if it performs 3 leaps in a row?
Think how can you work this out without actually solving quadratic equations?
In Q4 you worked out the distance the dolphin travelled in one leap. So if it leaps three times, how far does it travel?

Originally Posted by jaizzerzerzer
Find the greatest height that the dolphin reaches during a leap. Apply 3 different approaches to solve "the maximum height" problem.
Here are the 3 different approaches: Completing the square, line of symmetry of the parabola and I actually don't know the last one. Haha! Can you think what other approaches could I use? HELP. ):
The last approach is calculus.