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Adjust the time to illustrate the following related rates problem: the minute hand on a watch is 8 mm long and the hour hand is 4 mm long. How fast is the distance between the tips of the hands changing at one o'clock?

Contributed by: Ryan Chuang and Jeffrey Tsao (Torrey Pines High School) (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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J. Stewart, Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 4th ed., New York: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1999 p. 249, #36.



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