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**Unformatted text preview: **that can be modeled by a tractrix equation is a semi-truck turning a corner. Another example is a boat attached to a rope being pulled by a person walking along the shore. → boat semi-truck A third application is the tractrix. (pursuit curve) Both of these situations (and others) can be modeled by: 1 2 2 sech x y a a x a- =-- a a → The word tractrix comes from the Latin tractus , which means “to draw, pull or tow”. (Our familiar word “tractor” comes from the same root.) Other examples of a tractrix curve include a heat-seeking missile homing in on a moving airplane, and a dog leaving the front porch and chasing person running on the sidewalk. π...

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- Fall '05
- Riggs
- Differential Calculus, Hyperbolic Functions, Missouri, Hyperbolic function, Catenary, Hanford High School, cosh dx