Practice Questions – Application of derivatives

Q1. [ Non calculator]

2. An engineer has designed a lifting device. The handle turns a screw which shortens the horizontal length and increases the vertical height.

The device is modelled by a rhombus, with each side 25 cm.
The horizontal length is  x cm, and the vertical height is  h cm as shown.

(a) Show that  h=2500x2 .    [1 mark]
(b) The horizontal length decreases at a rate of 0·3 cm per second as the handle is turned.
Find the rate of change of the vertical height when  x=30 .   [5 marks]