# Thread: Differentiation of transcendental functions?

1. ## Differentiation of transcendental functions?

ABCD is a trapezium with AB = CD, with vertices on the circle and with centre O. AD is a diameter of the circle. The radius of the circle is 4 units.

a. Find BC in term of theta.
b. Find the area of the trapezium in terms of theta and hence find the maximum area.

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2. ## Re: Differentiation of transcendental functions?

Originally Posted by tutto00
ABCD is a trapezium with AB = CD, with vertices on the circle and with centre O. AD is a diameter of the circle. The radius of the circle is 4 units.

a. Find BC in term of theta.
b. Find the area of the trapezium in terms of theta and hence find the maximum area.

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1. The area of a trapezium is calculated by: $\displaystyle area = \frac{top + base}2 \cdot height$

2. Replace:
$\displaystyle base = 2r$
$\displaystyle height = r \cdot \sin(\theta)$
$\displaystyle top = 2 r \cdot \cos(\theta)$

3. The area a is a function of $\displaystyle \theta$ while r is a constant:

$\displaystyle a(\theta) = r^2 \sin(\theta) (1+\cos(\theta))$

4. Differentiate wrt $\displaystyle \theta$ and solve $\displaystyle a'(\theta) = 0$ for $\displaystyle \theta$