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The path of the diver is given by y= 4/9x^2 + 24/9x + 12
y is the height in feet
x is the horizontal distance from the end of the diving board (in feet).
The coefficient of x^2 has to be negative to have a maximum, assuming the equation is:
x + 12
Find the axis of symmetry using the formula: x =-b/(2a); a=-4/9; b=24/9
Invert the dividing fraction and multiply
cancel and you have:
x = +3 ft horizontal distance from end of diving board for max height
What is the maximum height of the diver?
Substitute 3 for x in the original equation to find max height
3 + 12
y = -4 + 8 + 12
y = 16 ft is max height
A graph of this equation will make it clear:
Note this also shows the diving board to be 12 ft above the water and he will enter the water 9 ft from the end of the diving board.
Did this make some sense to you?