Posted by Please Help! on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 3:33pm.
A runner sprints around a circular track of radius 150 m at a constant speed of 7 m/s. The runner's friend is standing at a distance 300 m from the center of the track. How fast is the distance between the friends changing when the distance between them is 300 m? (Round to 2 decimal places.
My teacher tried helping me with this problem and only confused me more. I drew a diagram. I used the formula c^2=a^2+b^2-2abcosC. Right now I have 2L(dL/dt)=2(150)(300)sin(angle)(dangle/dt) I think (dangle/dt) is 7/150. This would give you (solving for dL/dt:
- College Calculus 1 - MathMate, Friday, October 1, 2010 at 10:28pm
I suggest the following approach.
Let the friend (outside of the tracks) be at the origin.
Express the x and y coordinates of the runner in terms of t, for example,
s=speed in m/s
Express the distance between the two persons in terms of t:
Differentiate L(t) with respect to t, which gives L'(t), the rate of change of distance as a function of t.
Finally, find the times at which the two persons are 300m apart, namely, solve for t at which
The answers are t1=39 and t2=96 seconds approx.
L'(t1) and L'(t2) are the required answers.
I get about ±6.8 m/s, which is reasonable considering that the runner runs at 7m/s and the points in question are not far from the points of tangency (where L'(t) should give ±7m/s).
- College Calculus 1 - Shayne, Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:56pm
I have no fricken clue. Thats why I fricken hatee MATH. LIKE HOLY FRICK! WHY THE FRICK DO WE HAVE TO LEARN?
- College Calculus 1 - Anonymous, Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8:55pm
it will be easier to learn by talking...
im confused with the signs hahaha!!!
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