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    I need help with this..I have 50 of these problems so if you can show me how to calculate this one I can do the rest myself...Thanks!
    Let s(t)=√t
    a.Find the average rate of change of s(t) with respect to t as t changes from t=1 to t=1/4
    b.Use calculus to find the instantaneous rate of change of s(t) at t=1 and compare with average rate found in part(a).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa1984wilson View Post
    I need help with this..I have 50 of these problems so if you can show me how to calculate this one I can do the rest myself...Thanks!
    Let s(t)=√t
    a.Find the average rate of change of s(t) with respect to t as t changes from t=1 to t=1/4
    b.Use calculus to find the instantaneous rate of change of s(t) at t=1 and compare with average rate found in part(a).
    average rate of change ...

    \frac{s(1) - s\left(\frac{1}{4}\right)}{1 - \frac{1}{4}}

    \frac{1 - \frac{1}{2}}{1 - \frac{1}{4}} = \frac{2}{3}

    instantaneous rate of change at t = 1 ...

    \lim_{t \to 1} \frac{s(t) - s(1)}{t - 1}

    \lim_{t \to 1} \frac{\sqrt{t} - 1}{t - 1}

    \lim_{t \to 1} \frac{\sqrt{t} - 1}{(\sqrt{t} - 1)(\sqrt{t} + 1)}


    \lim_{t \to 1} \frac{1}{\sqrt{t} + 1} = \frac{1}{2}
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