So, I am reading linear algebra and cartesian geometry by Juan de Burgos for the first time, and came across this problem that I just can't figure out. Goes like this:
Consider a parabola, whose distance from the focus to the directrix is a fixed p, and that rotates while keeping its focus fixed. We also consider a certain fixed direction in the parabola's plane, and consider the tangent to the parabola that has that given direction. Find the equation of the geometric space that all the tangency points describe.
The original question is in Spanish but I have tried to translate it the best I can. If anyone speaks Spanish I can send you the original question.
Edit: Ill keep working on it and try to write my work in here, sorry that I didnt do from the beginning
Ok, so first off the book gives the soultion to a problem in the back, but without any explanation or none of that. it says:
**Origin at the focal point, << x axis>> in the given direction;
Parabola $x^2 sin^2(\theta)+y^2 cos^2(\theta)-2xysin(\theta)cos(\theta)+2p(xcos(\theta)+ysin(\theta))=p^2$
The polar of (0,1,0) is $xsen^2(\theta)-ysin(\theta)cos(\theta)+pcos(\theta)=0$.
Eliminating $\theta$ we get $p^2(x^2+y^2)=4y^4$.**
I get the part of creating a new coordinates taking the focal point to be F(0,0). as so: see image here The directrix in a standard parabola where the vertix is in the origin has directrix x=p/2, so because we are taking the focal point it would be now x=p. Because of the rotation described for the parabola, i thought of using rotation of coordinate axes, as so: see image And thats why the directrix would be $xcos(\theta)+ysin(\theta)=p$ as described in the solution given by the book. (Thanks to a commenter here who clarified to me that $xcos(\theta)+ysin(\theta)=p$ or $xcos(\theta)+ysin(\theta)=-p$ would make no difference, I was confused on that too).
Now, how in the world did they get the parabola described in the solution and the stuff that comes after?
I have read the chapter like three times but I dont know why i cant understand this one problem