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Solve Applications Involving Parabolic Functions

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The height $h$h, in meters, reached by a ball thrown in the air after $t$t seconds is given by the equation $h=12t-t^2$h=12tt2.


Fill in the following table of values for $h=12t-t^2$h=12tt2

$t$t $1$1 $2$2 $3$3 $4$4 $5$5 $6$6 $7$7 $8$8 $9$9 $10$10
$h$h $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$ $\editable{}$

Graph the relationship $h=12t-t^2$h=12tt2.

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Determine the height of the ball after $7.5$7.5 seconds have elapsed.


What is the maximum height reached by the ball?

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A satellite dish is parabolic in shape, with a diameter of $8$8 metres. Incoming signals are reflected to one collection point, the focus of the parabola, marked as point $F$F on the diagram (not to scale). The focus is positioned such that the focal length is $4$4 metres.

A parabolic antenna has a cross-section of width $16$16 m and depth of $2$2 m. All incoming signals reflect off the surface of the antenna and pass through the focus at $F$F. Note: Image is not to scale

When an object is thrown into the air, its height above the ground is given by the equation $h=193+24s-s^2$h=193+24ss2, where $s$s is its horizontal distance from where it was thrown.



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