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a man 2 m high walks at a uniform speed 5m/hr away from a lamp from 6 m high .The rate at which the length of his shadow increases is

a man 2 m high walks at a uniform speed 5m/hr away from a lamp from 6 m high .The rate at which the length of his shadow increases is

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Pratham Ashish
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12 years ago

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AB = height of lamp

CE = height of man

BC = y = distance b/w lamp n man

DC = x = length of shadow

Θ = angle ADB

now

tanΘ = 2/x (in smaller triangle)

tanΘ = 6/(x+y) .......[in larger triangle]

 

since both are same

so , 2/x = 6/(x+y)

=> 2x = y

x = y/2

now differentiating both sides w.r.to time ,t

dx/dt = (1/2)*dy/dt

dy/dt = 5m/hr.(given)

so, dx/dt = 2.5 m/hr.

 

 

 

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