Related Rates - Tracking a Rocket

A visualization of a classic related rates problem - a radar station tracking a launching rocket. A rocket is launched vertically and is tracked by a radar station located on the ground 5 km from the launch pad. Suppose that the elevation angle [math]\theta[/math] of the line of sight to the rocket is increasing at 3 degrees per second when [math]\theta = 60[/math] degrees. What is the velocity of the rocket at that instant?

 

J Mulholland

 
Resource Type
Activity
Tags
angle  calculus  difference-and-slope  practice  radar  rates  related  right-triangle  rocket 
Target Group (Age)
15 – 19+
Language
English (United States)
 
 
 
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