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Answer to Question #24139 in Calculus for Rockney Shepheard

Question #24139
I want to find the rate of change of the area of any rectangle with respect to it's hypotenuse. I know how to do derivatives but I don't have any idea what equation to apply it to. Would it be the equation of the area or the hypotenuse I would take a derivative of? Is there a rule in calculus that would make it clear which one to use given (dA/dH), such as..."always take the deriviative of the one on top (dA/dH)? Thanks!
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Rocky Shepheard
14.02.13, 00:08

But according to KhanAcademy the answer should be
1/2(x^2-a^2)^-1/2 x ((2x-2a)*da/dx)


What might I be missing?

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13.02.13, 16:12

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12.02.13, 19:35

Thank you. That is precisely the kind of answer I was seeking.

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