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Homework Help: Optimization(?) Problem

  1. Dec 11, 2005 #1
    A particle is travelling along the postivie x axis at a constant speed of 5 units per second.

    a) Where is the point when its distance from the point (0, 1) is increasing at a rate of 4 units per second?

    b) Where is the point when its distance from the point (0, 1) is increasing at a rate of 6 units per second?

    I am completely stuck, I could use some hints, thanks!
     
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  3. Dec 11, 2005 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    Start by writing down a function for the distance between the particle and the point (0,1) as a function of time.

    And no, this is not an optimization problem.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2005 #3
    one sec i'll post some stuff i was trying, and the question isn't optimization but i'm not really sure how to classify it
     
  5. Dec 11, 2005 #4
    actually this would be a related rates problem then
     
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