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Discuss: Light from a Lamp The light from a lamp forms a lighted area on a wall, as shown in the figure. Why is the boundary of this lighted area a hyperbola? How can one hold a flashlight so that its beam forms a hyperbola on the ground?

Chapter 12.3, Problem 60E, Discuss: Light from a LampThe light from a lamp forms a lighted area on a wall, as shown in the

To determine

To find:

A reason why the boundary of the lighted area is a hyperbola and the way of holding the lamp so that flashlight forms a hyperbola on the ground.

Explanation

Given:

The light from a lamp forms a lighted area on a wall, as shown below in the figure.

Approach:

Conic sections are formed when a plane is intersected by two right circular cones when they are placed on each other by their tip.

In the given lamp, the flashlight is forming a hyperbola on the wall, which is playing the role of a plane...

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