Find the equation of the path that moves so that its distance from (4,0) is twice its distance from the line x = 1

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- Feb 17th 2007, 12:50 AM^_^Engineer_Adam^_^Hyperbola problem
Find the equation of the path that moves so that its distance from (4,0) is twice its distance from the line x = 1

:confused: - Feb 17th 2007, 01:12 AMCaptainBlack
Take a point (u,v) on the path. Its distance from the line x=1 is |u-1|, and its

distance from (4,0) is sqrt[(u-4)^2+v^2], so:

sqrt[(u-4)^2+v^2] = 2|u-1|

now we square:

(u-4)^2+v^2 = 4(u-1)^2

which simplifies to:

3 u^2 - v^2 = 12.

Now replace u by x and v by y to get the equation with standard veriables:

3 x^2 - y^2 = 12.

RonL