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Rate of ascent or descent on a hill

  1. Sep 30, 2007 #1
    30. Suppose you are climbing a hill whose shape is given by the equation z= 100 -0.005x2 - 0.01 y2, where x,y, and z are measured in meters, and you are standing at a point with coordinates (60,40, 966). The positive x-axis points east and the positive y-axis points north.

    (A) If you walk due south, will you start to ascend or descend? At what rate?

    (B) If you walk due northwest, will you start to ascend or descend? At what rate?

    (C) In which direction is the slope largest? What is the rate of ascent in that direction? At what angle above the horizontal does the path in that direction begin?

    Book: Calculus: Concepts and Contexts (3rd) by Stewart

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  3. Sep 30, 2007 #2
    Please show some attempted workings. For example, do you understand how to take partial derivative? Do you know what the grad operator does?
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