MATH PROLEM Good old st. Nick needs your help getting from Andria's house to Tong's house on Xmas eve. Of course that means rooftop to rooftop. with your knowledge of parabolars, santa has asked you...

MATH PROLEM

Good old st. Nick needs your help getting from Andria's house to Tong's house on Xmas eve. Of course that means rooftop to rooftop. with your knowledge of parabolars, santa has asked you to guide his sleigh (poor rudolph). It is 300 feet between their rooftops and there is a really big tree halfway between their house that stands 190 feet above the roof levels. If santa must fly a parabolic oath and he wants to just clear the tree, what would be the equation of the parabola that he would enter into his on-board computer? HINT DRAW A PICTURE.

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I can not draw you a picture. However I will describe how you could draw the parabola.

We will assume that the tree is the y-axis.

Also,  the roof meets the tree at the origin point (0,0)

The tree stands 190 feet above the roof.

Then the maximum of the parabola is the...

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