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.