# Reflectors, Cookers, and Other Phenomena

- Author:
- Tim Brzezinski

- Topic:
- Conic Sections, Geometry, Parabola

## 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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