Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH110/April 2018/Question 06 (b)
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Question 06 (b) 

Read the problem below and answer the questions in part (a) and (b). Makes sure your solution includes a sketch labeled consistently with variables in your calculations. Your asnwers should be a numerical value, but you do not need to simplify it. A small spider is crawling along the graph of a parabola in the first quadrant (where and are measured in cm) in such a way that its coordinate increases at a constant rate of . The spider is pulling a thin thread of silk with it that is fixed at the origin. (b) As the spider crawls, the angle between the silk thread and the axis is changing. How fast is that angle changing when the spider is at the point ? 
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Hint 1 

How is the angle between the silk thread and the axis related with the coordinate of the location of the spider? 
Hint 2 

Use the implicit differentiation. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Let be the coordinate of the location of the spider in time . Since the spider moves along the graph , the location of the spider in time is . The angle between the silk thread and the axis can be expressed as Now, we use the implicit differentiation to get ; considering
we have
At the location , we have and hence . Combining this with , we finally obtain the derivative of the angle at , Answer: 