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Homework Help: Estimating change (PDE)

  1. Oct 20, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suppose that the Celsius temperature at the point (x, y) in the xy plane is T(x,y) = xsin(2y)
    and that the distance in the xy plane is measured in meters. A particle moving clockwise around the circle of radius 1m centered at the origin at the constant rate of 2 m/s

    a. how fast is the temperature experienced by the particle changing in degrees C per meter at the point P(1/2 , (sqrt[3])/2) ?

    b. how fast is the temperature expereinced by the particle changing in degrees C per second at P?


    2. Relevant equations
    T(x,y) = xsin(2y)

    P(1/2 , (sqrt[3])/2)



    3. The attempt at a solution

    i can do all the other estimating change problems where it gives me a function, 2 points, and ds = some constant just fine. but when i look at this i get kind of lost. i see the solution starts out by finding u in the direction of motion but im not really sure how to find what i need out of this problem. I would appreciate any insight or a nudge in the right direction.

    Thanks so much!
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 20, 2011 #2
    can someone just point me in the direction of finding the unit tangent vector in the direction of motion please? i don't need a entire solution
     
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