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PLEASE HELP! PROBLEM ON RELATED RATES :)
A ball is located at point Q on top of a flagpole 10m above the ground. a light is being raised vertically at the rate of 5 m/s casting the shadow of Q on the ground. how fast is the shadow moving along the ground when the light is 50m high?
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PLEASE HELP! PROBLEM ON RELATED RATES :) A ball is located at point Q on top of a flagpole 10m above the ground. a light is being raised vertically at the rate of 5 m/s casting the shadow of Q on the ground. how fast is the shadow moving along the ground when the light is 50m high?
 3 years ago
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beensBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
where is the light initially?
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
20 meters from the flagpole! coming from the top
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
dL/dt = 5 ....dh/dt = 0 dx/dt =? dx/dt = dx/dL * dx/dt find dx/dL ?? maybe not tho.....
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beensBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
is there an initial height of the light?
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
ahhh...... the shadow moving problem in all the textbooks :)
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rejanae13Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well you need to cross multiply and divide. so it would be 20m/50m by 5m/x.... that would be 50x by 100... divide 50 by 100 to get x alone and you get x=2
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
thats a rough drawing by the way :)
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
h/(20+x) = 10/(x) if that helps :)
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol sorry thats what was given to me :p
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
dx/dt = x^2(dy/dt)/200 ?? maybe
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
im gonna take a gander and say... 25(5) = 125 125/200 = ?? .0625 ?? if I did it right lol
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i think I got the "equation" wrong at the start....
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol thank you! ..but i dont understand how can you have dy/dy? :s
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol so the whole thing is wrong??
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
:) fat fingers...little tiny keyboard :)
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
it may be right, but I dont trust it yet.... need to find the equation to derive; then the rest is easy.
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
ya but thats the part i cant get! wahh :(
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I am thinking it is the relation of congruent triangles; "y" being the height of the lamp: x = length of shadow. 10/x = y/(20+x) is what I come up with; there is no question about the distance of the light to the tip of the shadow...
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
10(20+x) = y(x) (200+10x)/x = y 200/x + 10 = y 200/x = y10 200/(y10) = x ??? sounds good
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
this relate y and x..... now implicit it with respect to time right?
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yea thats what i gotta do
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
and thank youuu! for everything so far btw!
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
200(dy/dt) / (y10)^2 = dx/dt dy/dt = 5 y = 50;
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
no prob; I live to math things up lol
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
0.625 is what i get, and I am almost sure its right... but i get that nagging feeling that I am just being stupid :)
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
hahaha but where did u get negative two hundred?
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
ok.... step it out.... 200 x =  (y10) (y10)(0)  (200)(dy/dt) dx/dt =  (y10)^2
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol im on the phone with my friend trying to figure this out and im reading her what u wrote and we both agreed your funny, just thought id let you know :p but yea we dont understand also where you got the 50 from? (: care to explain?
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
200(dy/dt) dx/dt =  (y10)^2
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
when y=50...its right there :)
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
dy/dt is given already as the rate of change in "y"... = 5 m/s
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
as y rises; x shrinks.... so its () direction..
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
ohhh okay! thank you so so much honestly, it means a lot (: (:
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
just let me know if im right :)
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
i will haha but its the first time im on this site so how can i tell you?
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
because i have to check with my teacher first
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
shout really loud? :) AMISTRE WAS RIGHT!!!.... or if im wrong it would be: AMISTRE WAS WRONG .... ill feel it either way :)
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amistre64Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
that moving shadow thing is in all the calc textbooks If seen, and it always makes me nervous
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hellloBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
lol im sure you got it right though, it seemed to make sense. i found it impossible!
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