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Question 06 (a) 

Seeds are dispersed from a tree in all directions uniformly. The density of seeds that lands on the ground at a distance r away is approximately described by the function At what distance from the tree are the seeds most densely distributed? 
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Hint 

The seeds are most densely distributed at the point where the function that describes the density has a maximum. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Since we look for the maximum of s, we set its derivative to zero. Due to the restriction on r the only possible zero is when which is attained at Note that gives indeed the maximum value for sine and hence for s. 