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Show that the semi latus rectum of the parabola y2 = 4ax is a harmonic mean between the segment of any focal chord.

Asked by Nikhil Chaudhar...(student) , on 18/1/12


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Equation of the given parabola is y 2 = 4ax. 

Coordinates of focus = S(a, 0)

Let and be the end point of the focal chord of the given parabola.

t 1 t 2 = – 1   ...(1)

Length of the semi latus rectum of the given parabola = 2a

Let SP and SQ be the segment of the focal chord.

Similarly,

⇒ SP, 2a and SQ are in H.P.

Thus, the semi latus rectum of the given parabola is the harmonic mean between the segment of the local chord.

Posted by Lalit Mehraon 18/1/12

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