# HELPPPPP!!! Hyperpola and Ellipse word problem

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• Dec 7th 2008, 07:18 AM
emetty90
HELPPPPP!!! Hyperpola and Ellipse word problem
(1) A hyperbolic reflector for a radiotelescope has the equation :
y^2/900-x^2/225=1.
If the reflector has a diameter of 20 feet, how deep is it (in feet)?

(2)A nuclear cooling tower is in the shape of a hyperboloid(that is, a hyperbola rotated around its conjugate axis). The equation of the hyperbola is :
x^2/5625-y^2/10000=1
If the center of the tower (the narrowest part) is 100 feet above the ground, what is the diameter (in feet) of the circular base?

(3) A semi-elliptical arch in a bridge over a river has a span of 40 feet and a clearance of 12 feet above the water in the middle of the bridge. How much distance (in feet) above the water is there 5 feet from the banks?

PLLLLEEEASSSE help set these up for me.
• Dec 8th 2008, 01:26 AM
earboth
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Originally Posted by emetty90
(1) A hyperbolic reflector for a radiotelescope has the equation :
y^2/900-x^2/225=1.
If the reflector has a diameter of 20 feet, how deep is it (in feet)?

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The hyperbola is opening up and down. I take the upper part of the hyperbola.

A radius of 20' correspond to a x-value of 10.

Plug in this value into the equation and solve for y. The depth is calculated by: $d = y - 30 \approx 6.0555\ '$
• Dec 8th 2008, 03:10 AM
earboth
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Originally Posted by emetty90
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(2)A nuclear cooling tower is in the shape of a hyperboloid(that is, a hyperbola rotated around its conjugate axis). The equation of the hyperbola is :
x^2/5625-y^2/10000=1
If the center of the tower (the narrowest part) is 100 feet above the ground, what is the diameter (in feet) of the circular base?

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Place the origin in the center of the tower. Then the base circle is at y = -100'. Plug in this value into the given equation and solve for x.

The diameter in question is d = 2x. I've got $r \approx 212.132'$
• Dec 8th 2008, 03:15 AM
earboth
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Originally Posted by emetty90
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(3) A semi-elliptical arch in a bridge over a river has a span of 40 feet and a clearance of 12 feet above the water in the middle of the bridge. How much distance (in feet) above the water is there 5 feet from the banks?

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Place the origin on the surface of the water and in the middle of the bridge. The semi-axes are a = 20' and b = 12. Therefore the equation of the ellipse is:

$\dfrac{x^2}{20^2} + \dfrac{y^2}{12^2}=1$

A point 5' from the bank is 15' away from the origin. Plug in x = 15 into the equation above and solve for y (The negative value is for divers only)

I've got $d \approx 7.937'$
• Dec 8th 2008, 04:10 PM
emetty90
Thanks!