I have one last question for the parabolic arch.

If a parabolic arch satisfies the equation y=16 - 0.25x^2 for y>0.

How would I find the width [I]w/I] of the arch?

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- February 18th 2007, 02:27 AMgretchenParabolic arch
I have one last question for the parabolic arch.

If a parabolic arch satisfies the equation y=16 - 0.25x^2 for y__>__0.

How would I find the width [I]w/I] of the arch? - February 18th 2007, 03:11 AMCaptainBlack
lets assume that the ground level corresponds to y=0, then is we

solve 16-0.24 y^2=0, we will find the two points that the arch touches

ground and the width will be the difference between them, so:

16-0.24y^2=0,

or:

0.25 y^2=16

taking square roots:

(1/2) y= +/- 4

y=-8 or +8.

So the width of the arch is 8-(-8)=16.

RonL