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Question 06 (b) 

A television camera is positioned from the base of a rocket launching pad. The angle of elevation of the camera has to change at the correct rate in order to keep the rocket in sight. Also, the mechanism for focusing the camera has to take into account the increasing distance from the camera to the rising rocket. Answer the questions below. Make sure your solution includes a sketch that is labeled with the same variables used in your calculation. Your answer should be a numerical value, but you do not need to simplify it. Assume the rocket rises vertically and its speed is when it has risen . (b) If the television camera is always kept aimed at the rocket, how fast is the camera’s angle of elevation changing at that same moment? 
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Hint 

Try to find a trigonometric function that relates the angle to the height in the picture. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. We would like to relate the angle to the height . In order to do so, we use trigonometry. By basic trigonometry, we have the equation
We will differentiate both sides:
Now, we solve for :
We use the fact that .
Now, we plug in :
Now, we observe from our picture that .
We plug in (from part a):
So the rate of change is .
