What is a parabola in real life?
Parabolas can be seen in nature or in manmade items. From the paths of thrown baseballs, to satellite dishes, to fountains, this geometric shape is prevalent, and even functions to help focus light and radio waves.
Why is a parabola a strong shape?
Why is the parabola considered such a strong shape? The parabola is considered such a strong shape because of its natural oval shape. Both ends are mounted in a fixed bearing while the arch has a uniformly distributed load. When an arch carries only its own weight, the best shape is a catenary.
How do you write an equation of a parabola in standard form?
For parabolas that open either up or down, the standard form equation is (x – h)^2 = 4p(y – k). For parabolas that open sideways, the standard form equation is (y – k)^2 = 4p(x – h). The vertex or tip of our parabola is given by the point (h, k).