Alex D.

asked • 01/31/15

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A television camera is positioned 4000ft from the base of a rocket launching pad. The angle of elevation of the camera has to change at the correct rate in order to keep the rocket in sight. Also, the mechanism for focusing the camera has to take into account the increasing distance from the camera to the rising rocket. Let's assume the rocket rises vertically and its speed is 600ft/s when it has risen 3000ft.
How fast is the distance from the television camera to the rocket changing at that moment?
If the television is always kept aimed at the rocket, how fast is the camera's angle of elevation changing at that same moment?

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