# Derivatives of trig functions and isosceles triangles.

 P: 64 The base of an isosceles triangle is 20 cm and the altitude is increasing at the rate of 1 cm/min. At what rate is the base angle increasing when the area is 100 cm2? I wasnt really sure where to start on this question so i tried my best at an answer. i'm sure i've gone wrong with this question so i appreciate any guidance. the isosceles triangle divides into two right triangles with bases of 10 cm and areas 50 cm2 tan$$\theta$$ = $$\frac{h}{10}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ sec$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$. cos $$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ A = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ b x h 50 = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ (10) . h h = 10 tan $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{10}{10}$$ tan $$\theta$$ = 1 we know, sin$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ + cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 (cos$$\theta$$ tan $$\theta$$) $$^{2}$$ + cos $$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 2 cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ . cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ . cos$$^{2}$$$$\frac{1}{2}$$ = 0.077 rads / min or 4.6 rads /s Thanks in advance!
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 Quote by lamerali The base of an isosceles triangle is 20 cm and the altitude is increasing at the rate of 1 cm/min. At what rate is the base angle increasing when the area is 100 cm2? I wasnt really sure where to start on this question so i tried my best at an answer. i'm sure i've gone wrong with this question so i appreciate any guidance. the isosceles triangle divides into two right triangles with bases of 10 cm and areas 50 cm2 tan$$\theta$$ = $$\frac{h}{10}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ sec$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$. cos $$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ A = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ b x h 50 = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ (10) . h h = 10
Here's your error. "when the area is 100 cm2" refers to the original isosceles triangle and that had base 20, not 10.

 tan $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{10}{10}$$ tan $$\theta$$ = 1 we know, sin$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ + cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 (cos$$\theta$$ tan $$\theta$$) $$^{2}$$ + cos $$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 2 cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = 1 cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ $$\frac{d\theta}{dt}$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ . cos$$^{2}$$ $$\theta$$ = $$\frac{1}{10}$$ . cos$$^{2}$$$$\frac{1}{2}$$ = 0.077 rads / min or 4.6 rads /s Thanks in advance!
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 Quote by HallsofIvy Here's your error. "when the area is 100 cm2" refers to the original isosceles triangle and that had base 20, not 10.
but if i plug in
A = (1/2) b x h

100 = (1/2) (20) h

h is still equal to 10 cm. Is that the only error you see? because that does not effect the rest of the equation...:S

 P: 64 Derivatives of trig functions and isosceles triangles. is the rest of this equation anywhere near correct?? :(

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