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Unformatted text preview: that can be modeled by a tractrix equation is a semitruck turning a corner. Another example is a boat attached to a rope being pulled by a person walking along the shore. → boat semitruck 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 heatseeking 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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 Spring '08
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 Hyperbolic Functions, Missouri, Hyperbolic function, Catenary, Hanford High School, pursuit curve

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