# Word Problem ! Beginning Calculus

1. Homework Statement [/b]
A cyclist is riding on a path modeled by f(x)= 0.08x where f and f(x) are measured in miles. Find the rate of change in elevation when x = 2

## Homework Equations

(f(∆x + x ) - f(x))/∆x
∆x$$\stackrel{lim}{\rightarrow}$$ 0

## The Attempt at a Solution

I plugged everything into the formula and got

.00008 / .0001 = .08.

I think I'm doing something wrong here.

So you got
$$\lim_{\triangle x \rightarrow 0}\frac{f(\triangle x+x)+f(x)}{\triangle x}$$

$$\lim_{\triangle x \rightarrow 0}\frac{0.08(\triangle x+x) - 0.08x}{\triangle x}$$

So yes, 0.08 is the final answer.

CompuChip
Homework Helper
Your answer looks correct, but it appears you didn't take the limit. Instead, you just plugged in an arbitrary value for $\Delta x$. Just leave it as it is: what is $f(x + \Delta x) - f(x)$ when you plug in the definition of f?

Mark44
Mentor
1. Homework Statement [/b]
A cyclist is riding on a path modeled by f(x)= 0.08x where f and f(x) are measured in miles.
Make that "where x and f(x) are measured in miles."
Find the rate of change in elevation when x = 2

## Homework Equations

(f(∆x + x ) - f(x))/∆x
∆x$$\stackrel{lim}{\rightarrow}$$ 0

## The Attempt at a Solution

I plugged everything into the formula and got

.00008 / .0001 = .08.