Calculus rate of change

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    An air traffic controller spots two airplanes at the same altitude converging to a point as they fly at right angles to each other. One airplane is 120 miles from the point and has a speed of 360 miles per hour. The other is 160 miles from the point and has a speed of 480 miles per hour. 

    Part (a)

    At what rate is the distance between the planes changing?

    Step 1 of 5

    Let s denote the distance in miles as shown in the following figure. The origin represents the point of convergence.
    WebAssign Plot

    The distance s between the planes is given by the formula, 

    s = 

    [img src="" >x2 + y2


    s2 = x2 + y2.


    One plane is 120 miles away and moving towards the point of convergence at 360 miles per hour so x = 120and 

     = −  Incorrect: Your answer is incorrect. .


    The other plane is 160 miles away and moving towards the point of convergence at 480 miles per hour, so y= 160 and 

     = −  Incorrect: Your answer is incorrect. .


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