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Derivatives : Rate-of-Change Word Problem

A motorist, in a desert 5 km from point A, which is the nearest point on a long straight road, wishes to get to point B on the road. If the car can travel 30 km/ hr and 80 km/hr on the road, find the point where the motorist must meet the road to get to point B in the shortest possible time if point B is 5 km from point A. Use calculus to find your answer.


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