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lplease question 38

 Sep 29, 2019

I graphed it here




I let m=tan(t)   where t is the angle that is made with the positive x axis (for any line with a gradient of m) 


It is the locus of points that make the intersection of the solid red and green lines that is relevant.

t is in radians

You can slide the value of t to see what happens to this intersection.

The locus is definitely a hyperbola (just by visual inspection)


Since it is a hyperbola the eccentricity has to be more than 1 so I am going for 3


Of course you were meant to nut it out without graphing. You could probably do this just by thinking about a few points.

My way is more fun and much more time consuming.

 Sep 30, 2019

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