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Differential Calculus (2017 edition)

Unit 11: Lesson 9

Review: Derivative applications

Derivative applications challenge

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Problem

A 13, start text, space, m, end text ladder is leaning against a wall when its base begins to slide away from the wall. By the time the base is 12, start text, space, m, end text from the wall, it is moving at a rate of 5, start text, space, m, slash, s, end text (meters per second).
At that moment, what is the vertical velocity of the top of the ladder?
Your answer should be negative since the top of the ladder is falling.
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