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 Rates of Change and Tangent Lines

 

1. For the function  and the point P given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) For the points Q given by the following values of x compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the slope, , of the secant line through points P and Q.

(i) 3.5              (ii) 3.1             (iii) 3.01            (iv) 3.001          (v) 3.0001

(vi) 2.5            (vii) 2.9           (viii) 2.99          (ix) 2.999          (x) 2.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the slope of the tangent line to  at  and write down the equation of the tangent line.

 

2. For the function  and the point P given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) For the points Q given by the following values of x compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the slope, , of the secant line through points P and Q.

(i) 1              (ii) 0.5             (iii) 0.1            (iv) 0.01          (v) 0.001

(vi) -1           (vii) -0.5          (viii) -0.1        (ix) -0.01         (x) -0.001

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the slope of the tangent line to  at  and write down the equation of the tangent line.

 

3. For the function  and the point P given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) For the points Q given by the following values of x compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the slope, , of the secant line through points P and Q.

(i) -2.5              (ii) -2.1            (iii) -2.01           (iv) -2.001          (v) -2.0001

(vi) -1.5            (vii) -1.9          (viii) -1.99         (ix) -1.999          (x) -1.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the slope of the tangent line to  at  and write down the equation of the tangent line.

 

4. For the function  and the point P given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) For the points Q given by the following values of x compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the slope, , of the secant line through points P and Q.

(i) 1               (ii) 0.51            (iii) 0.501           (iv) 0.5001          (v) 0.50001

(vi) 0             (vii) 0.49          (viii) 0.499         (ix) 0.4999          (x) 0.49999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the slope of the tangent line to  at  and write down the equation of the tangent line.

 

5. The amount of grain in a bin is given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) Compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the average rate of change of the amount of grain in the bin between  and the following values of t.

(i) 6.5              (ii) 6.1              (iii) 6.01            (iv) 6.001          (v) 6.0001

(vi) 5.5            (vii) 5.9            (viii) 5.99          (ix) 5.999          (x) 5.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the instantaneous rate of change of the volume of air in the balloon at .

 

6. The population (in thousands) of insects is given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) Compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the average rate of change of the population of insects between  and the following values of t. Make sure your calculator is set to radians for the computations.

(i) 4.5             (ii) 4.1              (iii) 4.01            (iv) 4.001          (v) 4.0001

(vi) 3.5           (vii) 3.9            (viii) 3.99          (ix) 3.999          (x) 3.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the instantaneous rate of change of the population of the insects at .

 

7. The amount of water in a holding tank is given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) Compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the average rate of change of the amount of grain in the bin between  and the following values of t.

(i) 1                (ii) 0.5             (iii) 0.251            (iv) 0.2501          (v) 0.25001

(vi) 0              (vii) 0.1           (viii) 0.249          (ix) 0.2499          (x) 0.24999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the instantaneous rate of change of the volume of water in the tank at .

 

8. The position of an object is given by  answer each of the following questions.

(a) Compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the average velocity of the object between  and the following values of t.

(i) 5.5             (ii) 5.1              (iii) 5.01            (iv) 5.001          (v) 5.0001

(vi) 4.5           (vii) 4.9            (viii) 4.99          (ix) 4.999          (x) 4.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the instantaneous velocity of the object at  and determine if the object is moving to the right (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is positive), moving to the left (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is negative), or not moving (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is zero).

 

9. The position of an object is given by  .  Note that a negative position here simply means that the position is to the left of the “zero position” and is perfectly acceptable.  Answer each of the following questions.

(a) Compute (accurate to at least 8 decimal places) the average velocity of the object between  and the following values of t. Make sure your calculator is set to radians for the computations.

(i) 2.5             (ii) 2.1              (iii) 2.01            (iv) 2.001          (v) 2.0001

(vi) 1.5           (vii) 1.9            (viii) 1.99          (ix) 1.999          (x) 1.9999

(b) Use the information from (a) to estimate the instantaneous velocity of the object at  and determine if the object is moving to the right (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is positive), moving to the left (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is negative), or not moving (i.e. the instantaneous velocity is zero).

 

10. The position of an object is given by  .  Note that a negative position here simply means that the position is to the left of the “zero position” and is perfectly acceptable.  Answer each of the following questions.

(a) Determine the time(s) in which the position of the object is at  

 

(b) Estimate the instantaneous velocity of the object at each of the time(s) found in part (a) using the method discussed in this section.

 

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