Question 03 (d)
Calculate the following derivative. You may leave your answer unsimplified.
, where is the area of the triangle with vertices at the origin, and , shown below. Note that the circle is of radius .
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Identify the base and height of the triangle in order to arrive at the area formula. Finding the height will involve a trig ratio.
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First we need to find a formula for , the area of the triangle. The area of a triangle is . See the labeled picture below:
The base of the triangle is a radius of the circle, which is equal to 1. We can find the height by a trig ratio. Using the blue right triangle, we can see that . So . Plugging these into our area formula, we get:
It is now easy to find the derivative,
completing the question.