# Math Help - Related rates problem

1. ## Related rates problem

Well here is the problem I'm given.

"A stone dropped into a still pond sends out a circular ripple whose radius increases at a constant rate of 3 ft/s. How rapidly is the area enclosed by the ripple increasing at the end of 10 s?"

So where do I start? Would I just use the equation for the area of a circle? I tried that and I don't quite know where to plug in the 10 sec.

2. Originally Posted by nautica17
Well here is the problem I'm given.

"A stone dropped into a still pond sends out a circular ripple whose radius increases at a constant rate of 3 ft/s. How rapidly is the area enclosed by the ripple increasing at the end of 10 s?"

So where do I start? Would I just use the equation for the area of a circle? I tried that and I don't quite know where to plug in the 10 sec.
take the derivative w/r to time of the circle area equation ... then substitute in your given information to find $\frac{dA}{dt}$