Friday, October 19, 2007


Ive heard the greatest real life application for a math problem. Its about parabolic and linear systems

A renegade dictator lauches a scud missle at a US troop installment. The troops launch a Patriot missle to intersect it. Due to satellite imaging. We see the world as a grid. The scud missle is stationed at (6,0). Its path can be represented by the parabola y=-X(X)+8X-12. The Patriot missle was lauched from the point (0,0). Its path can be represented by the line y=x. Graph the system of equations. Find the point(s) where the Patriot missle will intercept the scud missle.

I don't know about you readers, but that's the most creative math problem I've ever seen.

Very Truly Yours, Happy Ostriching,

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