Posted by **lo** on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 9:55pm.

A road perpendicular to a highway leads to a farmhouse located 8 mile away.An automobile travels past the farmhouse at a speed of 80 mph.

How fast is the distance between the automobile and the farmhouse increasing when the automobile is 7 miles past the intersection of the highway and the road?

The distance between the automobile and the farmhouse is increasing at a rate of ___________ mph.

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**Reiny**, Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 1:16am
Let the distance from the sideroad be x miles, let the distance between the car and the house be y miles.

You have a right-angled triangle where

x^2 + 8^2 = y^2

then 2x dx/dt = 2y dy/dt (1)

when x=7, y^2 = 49+64 = 113

so when x=7, y= √113 and dx/dt = 80

sub these values into equation (1) and solve for dy/dt

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**Conor**, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 12:16am
52.68 mph

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