# Homework Help: HELP! - Calculus: Related Rates

1. Dec 7, 2004

### p4nda

Hi, I have no clue on how to work these problems out. Due tomorrow, please help! Thanks.

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2. Dec 7, 2004

### hypermorphism

The first step is to always identify and write down the given variables mathematically.
For question 14, you can draw a right-triangle with Inge at the ground vertex, and the kite at the top vertex. The string is the hypotenuse, so the height of the kite above the ground is the vertical leg which is 300ft. The length of the horizontal leg is variable with time, we'll call it x. We are given dx/dt = 25 ft/s. We want to find ds/dt when x=500ft, where s is the length of the string. We note that ds/dt = (ds/dx)(dx/dt) by the chain rule. Thus, if we write a function s = s(x) and differentiate it at x = 500ft, we will have the missing rate in our equation. Can you find an equation relating s and x ?

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3. Dec 7, 2004

### Hurkyl

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A little late, eh? Have you done any work on these? We're here to help you learn how to solve problems, not give you answers.

4. Dec 7, 2004

Thanks!

5. Dec 7, 2004

### p4nda

Haha, yeah... a little late. But I've done some work on these.

P.S. Sorry. =/