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7-43.

Two roads intersect at right angles. Elizabeth, who is driving east, leaves the intersection traveling at a speed of $40$ mph. Two hours later, Nairi leaves the same intersection at a speed of $30$ mph heading north. How fast is the distance between the cars changing five hours after the eastbound car leaves?

Let the eastbound car be at a distance $x$ from the intersection and the northbound car at distance $y$.
Write an equation for the distance between them.

Implicitly differentiate the distance equation with respect to time. This will create a rate equation.

Evaluate.

$≈ 48.788$ mph