(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

You are riding a Ferris wheel 120 feet in diameter. It makes one complete revolution every minute. How fast are you falling when you are halfway to the bottom?

2. Relevant equations

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3. The attempt at a solution

I really am not sure where to start. I'm actually not even completely sure what the question is asking...I'd think this would be a related rates problem, but the velocity is always constant. I tried setting up the parametric equations y=sin t and x=cos t and taking the derivatives of them...but that didn't really help. Also, when I'm half way to the bottom, the tangent to the Ferris wheel is vertical and I have the greatest velocity.... Any ideas?

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# Homework Help: Related Rates: Ferris Wheel Program

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