Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH102/December 2011/Question 07 (i)
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Question 07 (i) 

A particle is moving in the (x,y)plane along the curve . As it passes through the point P = (2, 4), its y coordinate changes at a rate of 8 units/sec. i) Find at the instant the particle is at the point P. 
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Hint 

Remember that the rate of change of a quantity is just the derivative of that quantity with respect to time, (i.e: dz/dt). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The question is asking us to find the rate of change of the variable x. (i.e: We want to solve for dx/dt). Using implicit differentiation and the equation we will derive a value for these quantities as follows: From the information about the rate of change of y at the point P, we make the appropriate substitutions in the equation to determine dx/dt: 