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 Three parabolas 2004-04-24 From A tutor:I am a maths tutor. One of my year 12 students has given me this assignment. Many parts are ambiguous. I am trying to determine the equation of the line segment AB. Given that A has an incline of 10 degrees below the horizontal, I am assuming that this parabola (although you can only see part of it) has been rotated 10 degree clockwise. Am I right in assuming this? If so, how do I derive the equation of the parabola as it will then not fit the general form y = ax squared +bx +c of a parabola. Also, how is one expected to find the x coordinate of D without the equation of this parabola. To find the equation you need the x-coordinate and therefore be able to find another point on the parabola in order to derive the equation using simultaneous equations. Answered by Penny Nom. An arc on a train track 2004-02-15 From A student:I'm trying to build a route in a train simulator program. I have a curve to the right (an arc, in other words) with a length of 25 meters and the radius is 1,500 meters. Let's say point P is the beginning of the curve (arc) and point Q is the end point of the arc. Then picture a tangent to point P. I need to find the length of a line perpendicular to that tangent that runs to point Q (the end of the curve/arc).Answered by Penny Nom.

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