Shape of a bridge is modeled by the equation y=-0.0044x^2+21.3, Find the length of the bridge?( All measurements are in meters).

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We assign a coordinate system with ground level y=0, and assume the bridge is level.

The length of the bridge is the distance between the two x-intercepts. We set y=0 and solve for x:





This is the distance from the axis of symmetry (the center of the bridge) to one side of the bridge, so the length of the bridge is approximately 2(69.6)=139.2m