Posted by skullhong on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 8:23am.
A ladder 10 meter long is leaning against a wall. If the top of the ladder is sliding down the wall at 3m/s, how fast is the angle between the top of the ladder and the wall changing when the foot of the ladder is 6 meter away from the wall?

mathematic  Reiny, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:02am
let the angle you mentioned be Ø
Let the foot of the ladder be x ft from the wall, and the height of the ladder be y ft
cosØ = y/10
y = 10cosØ
dy/dt = 10sinØ dØ/dt
when x = 6
x^2+y^2=100
y = 8 , and sinØ = 8/10
Also we know dy/dt = 3 m/s
3 = 10(8/10)(dØ/dt)
dØ/dt = 3/8 radians/s
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