Polar Coordinates Angular velocity

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Homework Statement


A cameraman standing at A is following the movement of a race car traveling at a speed of 30 m/s. Determine the angular rate (theta dot) at which the man must turn to keep the camera directed on the car at theta = 30 degrees.

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b = 20 m
a = 20 m
theta = 30 degs

Homework Equations



vr = r dot
vtheta = r*theta dot


The Attempt at a Solution



If only I knew r dot, I could figure this problem out.
I found r with the law of cosines (r = 34.641 m).
I was thinking of using
30 = sqrt( (rdot)^2 + r^2(thetadot)^2)
but I don't know r dot... where can I find the rate of change in r?
 
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Answers and Replies

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mgb_phys
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Change in r only depends on change in phi which is constant and very easy to work out in terms of b. You can write r in terms of a and b.
So you can easily (he says!) write theta dot in terms of only a and b
 

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