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Math Help - Find the equation for height of cable above road.

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    Find the equation for height of cable above road.

    The cables of a suspension bridge are in the shape of a parabola. The towers supporting the cable are 600feet apart and 80 feet high. If the cables touch the road surface midway between the towers (vertex),find the equation for the height of the cable above the road. What is the height of the cable at a point150 feet from the center of the bridge?

    My work:

    I located the vertex at (0, 0). The top of one tower is at (300, 80)

    So using x^2 = 4py I had

    (300)^2 = 4p(80)

    90000 = 320p

    Dividing each side by 320, I determined that

    p = 281.25

    So x^2 = 4(281.25)y

    x^2 = 1125y

    At 150 ft from the center of the bridge:

    (150)^2 = 1125y

    22500 = 1125y

    Dividing each side by 1125, I determined that

    y = 20 ft
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    Re: Find the equation for height of cable above road.

    What is the doubt, you are on the right track.
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    Re: Find the equation for height of cable above road.

    Thanks ibdutt, I just need the assurance that I'm doing this correctly.
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