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The length x of a rectangle is decreasing at the rate of 5 cm/minute and the width y is increasing at the rate of 4 cm/minute. When x = 8 cm and y = 6 cm, find the rate of change of (a) the perimeter, (b) the area of the rectangle.

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  • If $y=f(x)$,then $\large\frac{dy}{dx}$ measures the rate of change of $y$ w.r.t $x$.
  • $\big(\large\frac{dy}{dx}\big)_{x=x_0}$ represents the rate of change of $y$ w.r.t $x$ at $x=x_0$
Step 1:
Rate of decrease in length is $\large\frac{dx}{dt}$$=-5cm/min$.
Negative sign shows it is decreasing.
Rate of increase in width is $\large\frac{dy}{dt}$$=4cm/min$.
Perimeter of the rectangle is $P=2x+2y$
Differentiating w.r.t $t$ on both sides we get,
Step 2:
Now substituting the values for $\large\frac{dx}{dt}$ and $\large\frac{dy}{dt}$ we get,
Hence the perimeter decreases at the rate of $-2$cm/min.
Step 3:
Area of the rectangle is $xy$
Differentiate on both sides w.r.t $t$
Substituting the values for $x,y,\large\frac{dy}{dt}$ and $\large\frac{dx}{dt}$ is
$\large\frac{dA}{dt}=$$8\times (4)+4\times (-5)$
Hence the area of the rectangle increases at the rate of $2cm^2/min$
answered Nov 15, 2013 by sreemathi.v

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