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Decide whether the following problem can be solved using precalculus, or whether calculus is required. If the problem can be solved using precalculus, solve it. If the problem seems to require calculus, explain your reasoning and use a graphical or numerical approach to estimate the solution.
Find the distance traveled in 45 seconds by an object traveling at a velocity of v(t) = 20 + 3cos(t) feet per second. (Round your answer to the nearest foot.)

  • Please Help!!!!!! - , Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:16pm

    distance=INTEGRAL velocity*dtime

  • Please Help!!!!!! - , Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:38pm

    In cos t I assume t is in degrees. If you mean radians, then do it that way.

    It is a calculus problem because every little bit of distance is v(t) times a tiny bit of time, delta t. It v(t) were constant you could just multiply v times change in time to get the answer, but v is not constant.
    A primitive way to do this is to split the 45 seconds up into three 15 second periods. Approximate that it goes v(0) for the first 15, then v(15) for the second 15 (15 to 30), then v(30 for the last 15 (30 to 45)
    v(0)(15) = 23 * 15 = 345
    v(15) * 15 = 22.89 * 15 = 343.5
    v(30) * 15 = 22.6 * 15 = 339
    so
    d = 1027.5
    Next divide it into 5 spaces of 9 seconds each and see how much the answer changes.

  • Please Help!!!!!! - , Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:41pm

    I suspect that is not allowed Bob :) Too easy.

  • Please Help!!!!!! - , Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 8:46am

    Find the distance traveled in 15 seconds by an object traveling
    at a constant velocity of 20 feet per second.

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