(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A plane starts its descent from height y=h at x =-L to land at (0,0). Choose a, b, c, d so its landing path y=ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d is smooth.With dx/dt=V=constant, find dy/dt and d2y/dt2 at x=0 and x =-L. (To keep d2y/dt2 small, a coast-to-coast plane starts down L>100 miles from the airport.)

3. The attempt at a solution

For a smooth landing the derivative must be negative and 0 at x=0.

y'=3ax^2+2bx+c < 0

y'(0)=0

c=0

d must be 0 because y(0)=0.

second derivative must be > 0.

y''=6ax+2b >0

And that's as far as I get. I'd appreciate any tips and can someone explain to me how dx/dt can be constant? And how do I find dy/dt?

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# Homework Help: Derivative problem

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