Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:04pm.
A plane flying with a constant speed of 19 km/min passes over a ground radar station at an altitude of 4 km and climbs at an angle of 25 degrees. At what rate is the distance from the plane to the radar station increasing 3 minutes later?
The distance is increasing at

calculas  Steve, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:37pm
The plane's x and y speed is
dx/dt = 19 cos 25°
dy/dt = 19 sin 25°
At time t, the distance z is
z^2 = x^2 + (y+4)^2
so,
2z dz/dt 2x dx/dt + 2(y+4) dy/dt.
Now just figure x,y,z at t=3, and plug in the values.
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