February 25, 2017

Homework Help: Calculus

Posted by sh on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:18pm.

A man 2m tall walks away from a lamppost whose light is 5m above the ground. If he walks at a speed of 1.5m/s, at what rate is his shadow growing when he is 10m from the lamppost?

I tried to draw a diagram, but I don't understand where the 5m is, the height of the lamppost? Is the question asking for the derivative of the speed?

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