Posted by Andres on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 11:18pm.
an observer stands 200 m from the launch site of a hotair balloon. the balloon rises vertically at a constant rate of 4 m/s. how fast is the angle of elevation increasing 30 s after the launch.

Calculus  Steve, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 4:17am
tan(a) = h/200
sec^2(a) da/dt = 1/200 dh/dt
da/dt = 1/200 cos^2(a) dh/dt
When t=30, h = 4*30 = 120m
tan(a) = 120/200 = 0.6
so, cos(a) = 0.857
da/dt = .005 * 0.857^2 * 4 = .0147 rad/s
That's roughly pi/68 rad/s

Calculus  Glenn, Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 6:06am
Were you drunk when you posted this Steve?
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