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Weird Rates of Change Problem

  1. Mar 14, 2013 #1
    The Mystery Machine travels 55 mph down the highway of life. An innkeeper is standing 500 ft from the highway. How fast is the distance between the innkeeper and the Mystery Machine increasing 1 min later?

    The answer says it is 54.71 mph.

    I got something a bit more than 60 for the mph.
    http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?...*(55/60))/(2sqrt((500/5280)^2+(55/60)^2)))*60

    I converted everything into miles and miles per min. So I got dy/dt=55/60. 1 min later, y=55/60. x=500ft=500/5280 miles.
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2013 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi Differentiate! :smile:

    What formula are you using? :confused:
     
  4. Mar 14, 2013 #3
    With that question I got the answer to this.
    Thanks LOL.
    I was using 2x dx/dt + 2y dy/dt = 2z dz/dt

    I accidentally put dx/dt as a non zero when it is 0. When I made it 0, I got the right answer XD.
     
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