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1) A ladder 25 feet long is leaning against the wall of a house. The base of the ladder is pulled away from the wall at a rate of 2 feet per second.

Find the rate at which the are of the triangle is changing when the base of the ladder is 7 feet from the wall.


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I did the Pythagorean to find the other side of the triangle and got 24. But I'm confused...am I looking for the dr/dt OR dv/dt? Or something else?

Help please!

  • calculus -

    Rate at which area is changing, dA/dt

    where A= 1/2 b*height
    dA/dt= 1/2 b dh/dt + 1/2 h db/dt

  • calculus -

    Wow, thanks for the clarification!

    Now I can just plug in b - which is 7 but what about the dh/dt and db/dt? For those unknowns, am I suppose to use the area formula to find it?

  • calculus -

    No. You are given db/dt
    Using the pyth theorm

    c^2= b^2 + h^2
    dc/dt=0= 2b db/dt + 2h dh/dt
    solve for dh/dt in terms of b,h, db/dt

    this is what related rates means.

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