Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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ISBN 10: 0-13446-914-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-13446-914-0

Chapter 9 - Section 9.3 - The Parabola - Concept and Vocabulary Check - Page 996: 5


$28$, $(-7,-14)$, $(-7,14)$

Work Step by Step

Given $4p=-28$, we have $p=-7$ and the equation becomes $y^2=-28x$ with focus at $(-7,0)$. The Latus Rectum is the length of the line segment between the intersection points when drawing a vertical line passing through the focus. We have $x=-7$, $y^2=196$, and $y=\pm14$. The length of the Latus Rectum is $|4p|=28$ and the endpoints are $(-7,-14)$ and $(-7,14)$
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