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    Suppose a particle is moving along a path described by g(x)=x^2/((x-4)^2). At the point (3,9), the X-coordinate of the particle is decreasing at a rate of 2.4cm/s. At what rate is the y-coordinate of the particle changing?

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    Hello, ZangQ!

    Suppose a particle is moving along a path described by: .y .= .x² / (x-4)²

    At the point (3,9), the x-coordinate of the particle is decreasing at a rate of 2.4 cm/s.
    At what rate is the y-coordinate of the particle changing?
    Differentiate with respect to time t.

    dy/dt .= .[(x-4)²·2x - x²·2(x-4)] / (x-4)^4 * (dx/dt)

    . . which simplifies to: .dy/dt .= .-8x/(x-4)³ (dx/dt)


    We are given: .x = 3, .dx/dt = -2.4

    . . Plug them in . . .

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