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Question 2.5 and 2.6
Question 2.5 and 2.6  
Good day professor

I've manage to do most of it but just got stuck with 2.5 and 2.6! So the assistance would be appreciate it! Many thanks :)

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For Probs 2.5 and 2.6, we can assume you have already solved for the constants a, b, c for the parabola f(x) and m and y0 for the line g(x) given by

g(x) = mx + y0.

We can also assume that you have figured out the coordinate of the midpoint of g(x), i.e., (xm, ym)

For 2.5, note that a hyperbola has y ~ 1/x and in general can be written

h(x) = A/(x-x∞)

where A is an overall scaling factor and x∞ is the value of x where the hyperbola goes off to infinity. Since we have 2 unknowns, A and x∞, but only one eqn between them, namely h(xm) = ym, coupled with the fact that xm < 0 so that x∞ cannot be 0, it looks lie we need to assume a value for A. So let A = 1.

So now just set

h(xm) = ym = 1/(xm - x∞)

and solve for x∞.

For 2.6, we need to find the maximum of a function z(x) = distance between f and g. Finding an extremum, such as a maximum, involves setting the derivative equal to zero, so first find the eqn for z(x) and take the derivative. So

z(x) = ax^2 + bx + c - mx - y0


dz/dx = 2ax + b - m = 0

and solve for x. (  I get x = (m - b)/2a ).

Good luck!

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