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The top of ladder 6m long is resting against a vertical wall on a level pavement ,when the ladder begins to slide outwards .At the moment when the foot of ladder is 4m from the wall ,it is sliding away from the wall at the rate of 0.5m/sec. how fast is the top-sliding downwards at instanse? How far is the foot the wall when it and the top are moving at the same rate?

The top of ladder 6m long is resting against a vertical wall on a level pavement ,when the ladder begins to slide outwards .At the moment when the foot of ladder is 4m from the wall ,it is sliding away from the wall at the rate of 0.5m/sec. how fast is the top-sliding downwards at instanse? How far is the foot the wall when it and the top are moving at the same rate?                                                       

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Gokul Joshi AskiitiansExpert-IITK
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12 years ago

Dear Rohit, 

When base is 4m away, angle with horizontal = t = cos^-1(6/4)=cos^-1(3/2). Since length of ladder is constant, velocity of base and velocity of top along the ladder should be same => 0.5 cos(t) = v_top * cos (90°-t)

=> v_top = 0.5 cot (t) = 0.5 * (2/sqrt(5)) = 1/sqrt(5) m/s

For v_top = v_base, cot(t) = 1 from above equation => t = 45°.



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