# Word Problems Exercises

### Example 1

Bob leaves for a trip at 3pm (time *t* = 0) and drives with velocity miles per hour, where *t* is measured in hours. Find

and explain what it represents in the language of the problem.

### Example 2

A faucet is turned on and water flows out at a rate of

gallons per minute, where *t* is the number of minutes since the faucet was turned on. To the nearest gallon, how much water flows out of the faucet during the first two minutes the faucet is turned on?

### Example 3

Air pressure *p* at *h* meters above sea level is given by the formula

*p*(*h*) = 101325(1 – 2.25577 × 10^{-5}*h*)^{5.25588}.

The quantity *p*(*h*) is measured in Pascals.

How much does air pressure change as one moves from 100 meters above sea level to 1000 meters above sea level?

### Example 4

Fluffles the cat meows more loudly the higher she climbs in her favorite tree. Her volume changes at a rate of

decibels per foot, where *h* is Fluffles' height above ground measured in feet.

Find

and explain what it represents in the context of this problem.

### Example 5

Sonya can paint at a rate of

*v*(*t*) = 150 – 4*t*

square feet per hour, where *t* is the number of hours since she started painting. Can Sonya paint the walls of a 12 foot by 12 foot office with an 8 foot high ceiling in 3 hours?

What about the walls of a 14 foot by 14 foot office with an 8 foot high ceiling?

### Example 6

Gougem Airlines charges customers for checked bags based on weight. Checked bags cost $0.50 per pound up to 50 pounds, and $1 per pound for each additional pound. Let *c*(*p*) be the cost per pound for a checked bag, where *p* is the weight of the bag in pounds. Evaluate

and explain what it means in terms of Gougem Airlines.

### Example 7

A ball is thrown at the ground from the top of a tall building. The speed of the ball in meters per second is

*v*(*t*) = 9.8*t* + *v*_{0},

where *t* denotes the number of seconds since the ball has been thrown and *v*_{0} is the initial speed of the ball (also in meters per second). If the ball travels 25 meters during the first 2 seconds after it is thrown, what was the initial speed of the ball?

### Example 8

As one dives deeper, the water pressure *p* in pcf (pounds per cubic foot) at a depth of *h* feet below the surface of the water changes at a rate of

*p*'(*h*) = 62.4 pcf per foot.

If one starts at a depth of 15 feet below the surface of the water, how many feet deeper must one dive for the water pressure to increase by 800 pcf? Round your answer to the nearest foot.

### Example 9

Shauna starts painting at noon. She can paint (140 – *kt*) square feet per hour, where *t* is the number of hours since she started painting and *k* is a constant accounting for the fact that Shauna slows down as she gets tired. If Shauna paints 100 square feet between 2pm and 3pm, what is *k*?

### Example 10

Tom Sawyer is painting a fence at a rate of (200 – 4*x*) square feet per hour, where *x* is the number of hours since he started painting. If the fence is 800 square feet, how long will it take him to finish painting the fence? Round your answer to the nearest minute.