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A semi ellipse 2017-07-25
From Ian:
The arch of the bridge is in the shape of semi ellipse,with its major axis at the water level.suppose the arch is 20ft. High in the middle,and 120 ft. Across its major axis. How high above the water level is the arch,at a point 20 ft.from the center (horizontally). Round of 2 decimal places
Answered by Penny Nom.
A suspension bridge 2016-08-18
From sai:
The main cable of a suspension bridge has the shape of a parabola. The cables are strung from the top of two towers, 61 metres apart, each 15.25 metres high above the roadway. The cable is 1.5 metres above the roadway at the point that is directly between the towers.

where a is the constant and its value to be determined.

a) determine the value of the constant a by using that the fact that height of the suspension cable, h(x) is 15.25 metres at each tower. Hence, write the updated model equation.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Scheduling for a bridge club 2015-09-09
From margot:
Can you help me with scheduling our bridge club?
8 rounds are played with four teams together.
There are 16 teams in total, so our schedule should look like eight 4x4 boxes.
(Each round the four teams play each other over the course of the evening)

Answered by Victoria West.
An isosceles triangle and an arc 2015-02-18
From Sreeharsha:
The diagram shows an isosceles triangle ABC in which BC = AC = 20 cm, and angle BAC = 0.7 radians. DC is an arc of a circle, centre A. Find, correct to 1 decimal place,
(i) the area of the shaded region, [4]
(ii) the perimeter of the shaded region. [4]

Answered by Penny Nom.
A parabolic suspension bridge 2014-03-11
From jeffrey:
the towers of a parabolic suspension bridges 200 meter long are 40 meter high and the lowest point of the cable is 10 meter above the roadway.Find the vertical distance from the roadway to the cable at 50 meter from the center.
Answered by Penny Nom.
A parabolic bridge 2012-12-09
From Elizabeth:
1) The figure below shows a bridge across a river. The arch of the bridge is a parabola and the six vertical cables that help support the road are equally spaced at 4-m intervals. Figure B shows the parabolic arch in an x-y coordinate system, with the left-end of the arch at the origin. As indicated in Figure B, the length of the leftmost cable is 3.072 m.

I'm suppose to find the (x-h)^2=-4a(y-k) equation for this word problem and I really do not know where to begin.

Afterwards, I need to find the lengths of the other cables and the maximum height of the arch of the road as well which I am very confused about

Answered by Penny Nom.
A parabolic bridge 2012-04-24
From Adiba:
A bridge constructed over a bayou has a supporting arch in the shape of a parabola .Find the equation of the parabolic arch if the length of the road over the arch is 100 meters and the maximum height of the arch is 40 meters. I did the problem but not sure is it correct . I did like this f(0)=0we get c=40 if we took quadratic equation in x for a down ward parabola then how to find b and a please show me the answer of either a or b .Or I should use the standard form of parabola y=a(x-h)^2+k then how to find a,h,k please help me
Answered by Penny Nom.
The arc of a bridge 2011-12-05
From Marioneta:
Two same columns placed symmetrically, 40 m apart. The height of columns is 8 m. If the origin of the coordinate system is placed at the foot of the left column the equation of the arc of the bridge: f (x) =-1/80x^2+1/2x+8

What is the maximum height of a boat sailing under the bridge and identify its path.

Answered by Penny Nom.
A suspension bridge 2011-11-30
From jennifer:
suspension bridges like the golden gate bridge, are used to span large distances. when the main curved cables are attached to the deck by vertical cables they will end up in the shape of parabola. assume that we need to build a bridge that spans 2,400 feet. the two towers 165feet tall each where placed at 400feet from either side. the lowest point of the center of the bridge at 10feet. vertical suspension cables where placed at 25foot interval. how many feet of cable are needed to connect the deck to the main cables between the two towers? show all working.
Answered by Penny Nom.
A railway bridge over a road is in the shape of a parabola 2011-11-23
From Brennen:
A railway bridge over a road is in the shape of a parabola, and the bridge is 3 m high in the middle and 6 m wide at its base. A truck that is 2m wide is approaching the bridge. What is the maximum height that the truck can have and still pass under the bridge? Explain.

Thank you!!

Answered by Penny Nom.
The suspension cables of a bridge 2010-07-29
From Mike:
what is the formula for the suspension cables of a bridge. The towers are 200 ft above the roadway The towers are 3400 ft apart The cable if at 8ft in the middle of the span
Answered by Robert Dawson.
The capilano suspension bridge 2010-06-03
From nida:
the capilano suspension bridge in north vancouver is the world's highest footbridge of its kind. the bridge is 140m long . from the ends of the bridge the angles of depression of a point on the river under the bridge are 41 degrees and 48 degrees. how high is the bridge above the river to the nearest metre
Answered by Penny Nom.
A parabolic bridge 2009-10-03
a bridge is constructed across the river that is 200 feet wide. the arch is parabolic so that the focus is on the water. A sheep 50 ft wide and 30 ft high passes safely through the arch
a) find equation of the arch
b) find the highest point of the arch

Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
What is so important about quadratics? 2008-11-29
From zoe:
what is so important about quadratics?
Answered by Harley Weston.
A bridge is built in the shape of a parabolic arch 2008-06-02
From megan:
A bridge is built in the shape of a parbolic arch. The bridge has a span of 192 feet and a maximum height of 30 feet. Find the height of the arch at 20 feet from its center. I need the equation and what to fill into the equation...please and thankyou!
Answered by Penny Nom.
Parabolic suspension bridge 2007-10-09
From Jessica:
A suspesion bridge with weight uniformly distributed along its length has twin towers that extend 75 meters abouve the road surfce and are 400 meters apart.The cables are parabolic in shape and are suspended from the tops of the towers. The cables touch the road surface at the center of the bridge. Find the height of the cables at a point 100 meters from the center. (Assume that the road is level.)
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The Golden gate bridge 2007-06-17
From Khan:
I am doing a project on parabola and Bridges. I have chosen the Golden gate bridge as my bridge. Now The suspension cables are shaped like a parabola.

We have to derive an equation for this parabola. We have to assume the vertex is (0,0). Now I am having troubles writing the equation in standard form.

The information is this Height of tower above water: 746 ft = 227 m

Height of tower above roadway: 500 ft = 152 m

Length of one side span: 1,125 ft = 343 m

length of suspension span including main span and side spans: 1.2 miles = 6,450 ft

Now my question is this, i KNOW THE standard form for this parabola opening up would be (x-h)squared = 4a (y-k)

Since h,k are 0,0 the equation will now take the form of xsquared = 4ay My question is to find the equation I need to know A how do i get this a based on the above provided info. Thanks for your help and concern.

Answered by Penny Nom.
Can the trailer safely pass under the bridge? 2007-01-02
From Jim:
A truck hauling a double-wide trailer needs to pass under a parabolic-arched bridge en route or take a 50 mile detour. The trailer is 14 feet high and 15 feet wide. The arch supporting the bridge at this underpass is 18 feet high at the center and 40 feet wide at the base. Can the trailer safely pass under the bridge?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
A parabolic arch 2006-05-02
From Mike:
A bridge over a river is supported by a parabolic arch...arch is 200 m wide at water level...the maximum height of the arch is 80 m..what is the height of the arch measured from a point on the water 40m from the center of the arch?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque.
The waterway between Lake Huron and Lake Superior 2006-03-21
From Trenae:
the waterway between lake huron and lake superior separates the u.s and canada.it is usually 13 feet above the water when its closed and each section is 210 feet long if the angle of elevation is 70 degrees then what is the distance from the top of the drawbridge to the water and the width of the gap created by the 2 sections of the bridge
Answered by Penny Nom.
12 pairs playing bridge 2001-11-09
From Diana:
I have 12 pairs playing bridge against one another for 12 games. I need to have each pair partnered with another pair -- but only once. I'm looking for a schedule for play for all 12 games. They should only be able to play against another team only once also. (ex: 1/2 v 3/4 then 4/2 v 3/1) Thank you for this opportunity to solve my dilemma.
Answered by Claude Tardif.
A suspension bridge 2001-03-24
From Janna:
The cables of a suspension bridge hang in a curve which approximates a parabola. The road bed passed through the vertex. If the supporting towers are 720m apart and 60m high, find:

a) an equation of the parabola (it's y = 1/2160x2)

b)the height of the cables at a point 30m from the vertex. I substituted 30 in for the x value and got 0.42 and the answer is 42. What did I do wrong?
Answered by Denis Hanson and Claude Tardif.

A bargin with the devil 2001-03-21
From DJ:
There once was a boy who spent all his time dreaming about getting rich. " I would do anything to be rich". The devil, hearing this, appeared before the boy and offered to make him rich. "See that bridge?" said the devil. Just walk across and I will double your money you have now. In fact, each time you cross I will double your money. There is just one thing you must give me $24 after each crossing. The boy agreed. He crossed the bridge, stopped to count his money and, and sure enough, it had doubled. He paid the devil $24 and crossed again. Again his money doubled. He paid another $24 and crossed a third time. Again his money had doubled, but this time there was only $24 left which he had to pay the devil so he was left with nothing. The devil laughed and vanished.
  1. How much money did the boy start with?

Answered by Penny Nom.
Bridges and parabolas 2000-11-18
From Lauren:
My name is Lauren, and Im a secondary school student in Ontario. For my gr11 advanced math class I have to find out how and why parabolics are used in arch bridges and write 3 paragraphs on it. People who cohse satelites and whatnot are lucky - I've found a ton of info, but for arch bridges there seems to be nothing.
Answered by Harley Weston.
Crossing the Bridge 1999-08-27
From Debbie Walter:
If you have four people who need to cross a bridge in the dark with only one flashlight and only two of them can cross at a time and their speeds of crossing are as follows:
  • one person can cross it in one minute
  • one person can cross it in two minutes
  • one person can cross it in five minutes
  • and the slowest person can cross it in ten minutes
what is the shortest amount of time it would take to get all four across the bridge?

Answered by Penny Nom.



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