Reflectors, Cookers, and Other Phenomena
- Tim Brzezinski
Watch this clip from 2:25 to the end.
Describe what you see here. Notice anything interesting?
Suppose a solar cooker has a parabolic cross section. Any object placed at the igniter will burn within seconds after the sun's rays start hitting the parabolic dish. Suppose we consider (0,0) = this parabola's vertex. Given this,
- Find an equation for this parabola
- Determine the depth of the dish.
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