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A ladder 41 feet long that was leaning against a vertical wall begins to slip. Its top slides down the wall while its bottom moves along the level ground at a constant speed of 4 feet per second. How fast is the top of the ladder moving when its 9 ft above the ground?

  • Calculus -

    x^2+y^2 = 41^2
    2 x dx/dt + 2 y dy/dt = 0
    dy/dt = -(x/y) dx/dt

    when y = 9
    x^2 + 81 = 1681
    x^2 = 1600
    x = 40
    so
    dy/dy = - (40/9)(4)

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