Did you try to cross-multiply from the initial equation? Rather, 5(xy^3) = 8(1+y^2) ?

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- Sep 13th 2009, 01:47 AM #1

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## can anyone help me with this problem !

Question is:

A particle is moving along the curve whose equation is:

xy^3 = 8(1+y^2)/5

and the x-coordinate is increasing at a rate of 6 units/s when the particle is at the point (1, 2).

1. At what rate is the y-coordinate changing at that instant

2. Is the particle rising or falling at that instant?

Could you explain me with answers plzz

Thank you..

- Sep 13th 2009, 04:01 AM #2

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- Sep 13th 2009, 04:17 AM #3

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In other words, you want to find dy/dt. Differentiating both sides of the given equation and using the chain rule, , so

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Now, you are told "x-coordinate is increasing at a rate of 6 units/s when the particle is at the point (1, 2)." so x= 1, y= 2 and dx/dt= 6. Put those into the equation and solve for dy/dt.

2. Is the particle rising or falling at that instant?

Could you explain me with answers plzz

Thank you..

- Sep 13th 2009, 04:20 AM #4

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differentiate both side with respect to 't'

=> x.(y^2).dy/dt + (y^3).dx/dt = 8/5.2y.dy/dt

Use the given value dx/dt(1,2) = 6 in the above equation

1.4.dy/dt + 8.6 = (32/5)dy/dt

dy/dt(32/5-4) = 48

dy/dt(12/5) = 48

The particle is rising as the dy/dt at that point is +ve.**dy/dt = 20**

- Sep 13th 2009, 04:41 AM #5

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- Sep 13th 2009, 08:39 AM #6

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