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Two commercial airplanes are flying at an altitude of 40,000 ft along straight-line courses that intersect at right angles. Plane A is approaching the intersection point at a speed of 427 knots (nautical miles per hour; a nautical mile is 2000 yd or 6000 ft.) Plane B is approaching the intersection at 439 knots.

At what rate is the distance between the planes decreasing when Plane A is 5 nautical miles from the intersection point and Plane B is 5 nautical miles from the intersection point?

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    Take the derivative..

    s ds/dt=2xdx/dt + 2y dy/dt where x, y are the distances from the intersection point, and s is sqrt(x^2+y^2)

    you are given dx/dt, dy/dt, solve for ds/dt

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