Calculus 3 : Derivatives

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Example Question #2 : How To Find Velocity

The position of a particle is given by .  Find the velocity at .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The velocity is given as the derivative of the position function, or

  .

We can use the quotient rule to find the derivative of the position function and then evaluate that at .  The quotient rule states that

 .  

In this case,  and .  

We can now substitute these values in to get

 .  

Evalusting this at  gives us .  

So the answer is .

Example Question #1 : Derivatives

The position of an object is given by the following equation:

Determine the equation for the velocity of the object.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Velocity is the derivative of position, so in order to find the equation for the velocity of an object, all we must do is take the derivative of the equation for its position:

We will use the power rule to get the derivative.

Therefore we get,

Example Question #15 : Spatial Calculus

The position of a particle is represented by . What is the velocity at ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Differentiate the position equation, to get the velocity equation

Now we plug 4 into the equation to find the velocity

 is approximately equal to 2.72. Therefore 

Example Question #21 : Spatial Calculus

What is the velocity function when the position function is given by

.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the velocity function, we need to find the derivative of the position function.

So lets take the derivative of  with respect to .

The derivative of  is  because of Power Rule:

The derivative of  is  due to Power Rule

So...

Example Question #1 : Calculus Review

Consider the position function , which describes the positon of an oxygen molecule.

Find the function which models the velocity of the oxygen molecule.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Recall that velocity is the first derivative of position and acceleration is the second derivative of position.

So given:

Apply the power rule to each term to find the velocity.

Example Question #2 : Calculus Review

The position of an object is given by the equation . What is the velocity of the object at ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The velocity of the object can be found by differentiating the position equation of the object. To differentiate the position equation of the object, we can use the power rule for the second term where if

Using this rule we find that

We can now use the value of  to solve for the velocity at 

Example Question #62 : Velocity

The position of an object is given by the equation . What is the equation for the velocity of the object?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The velocity of the object can be found by differentiating the position equation. The position equation can be accurately differentiated using the power rule and the product rule where if

and where if

Using these two rules we find the velocity equation to be

Example Question #5 : How To Find Acceleration

The position of a particle is given by .  Find the acceleration of the particle when .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The acceleration of a particle is given by the second derivative of the position function.  We are given the position function as

 .  

The first derivative (the velocity) is given as

 .  

The second derivative (the acceleration) is the derivative of the velocity function.  This is given as

 .  

Evaluating this at  gives us the answer.  Doing this we get

 .

Example Question #15 : How To Find Acceleration

The position of an object is described by the following equation:

Find the acceleration of the object at  second.

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Correct answer:

   

Explanation:

Acceleration is the second derivative of position, so we must first find the second derivative of the equation for position:

Now we can plug in t=1 to find the acceleration of the object after 1 second:

Example Question #2 : Derivatives

If  models the distance of a projectile as a function of time, find the acceleration of the projectile at .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We are given a function dealing with distance and asked to find an acceleration. recall that velocity is the first derivative of position and acceleration is the derivative of velocity. Find the second derivative of h(t) and evaluate at t=6.

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