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MATHEMATICS - CASE STUDY

    Introduction



Tilt Ice Hockey Stick

 

After a game, Alan put his ice hockey stick against a vertical wall, but the bottom of the stick slid away from the wall. He wonders how fast the slipped distance changes with respect to the angle made by the wall and the stick.

What is known:

  • The length of the stick is 53 in.
  • The angle made by the wall and the stick is θ = 45o.
  • The slipped distance is y.
     
    Questions

 

 

How fast does the slipped distance change with respect to the angle that is made by the wall and the stick is 45o or π/4?

     
    Approach


 

Derivative with respect to angle can be used in this case to calculate the rate of slippage.