Posted by **Ralph** on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:17pm.

a) A young man measuring 1.89 m. walks at a velocity of 1m/s towards a lamppost which its light is at 4m from the ground. At what velocity does the young man's shadow decrease when he's 10 m away from the lamppost?

b) A young girl, standing at the edge of a dock, pulls a boat towards herself with a cable attached to the front of a boat at 0.3m from sea level. If the girl pulls the cable at a velocity of 1.6 m/s, her hands being at 2.5m from sea level, at what velocity does the boat approach the dock when it's 3m away?

- Calculus -
**Damon**, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:46pm
Big right triangle, C at base of light pole, A at top, B at shadow tip

Then D at base of man

AC = 4

CD = 10 at start = y(t) = 10 -t

CB = x with velocity dx/dt

in general

x/4 = (x-y)/1.89 similar triangles

4x - 4y = 1.89 x

2.11 x = 4 y

2.11 (dx/dx) = 4(dy/dx)

2.11 (dx/dx*dx/dt) = 4 (dy/dx*dx/dt) chain rule

2.11 dx/dt = 4 dy/dt

dx/dt = (4/2.11)(-1m/s)

- Math3 -
**Damon**, Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 6:47pm
The second problem is similar.

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