MATH103 April 2009
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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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The seeds are most densely distributed at the point where the function that describes the density has a maximum.
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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.
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