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The position of a particle moving along the x-axis at time t > 0 seconds is given by the function x(t) = e ^ t - 2t feet.

a) Find the average velocity of the particel over the interval [1,3].

b) In what direction and how fast is the particle moving at t= 1 seconds?

c) For what values of t is the particle moving to the right?

d) Find the postition of the particle when its velocity is 0.

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  1. x(t) = e ^ t - 2t
    x(3) = e^3 - 6
    x(1) = e - 2

    avg speed = (e^3 - 6 - e + 2)/(3-1)
    = (e^3 - e - 4)/2 ft/s

    x'(t) = e^t - 2
    x'(1) = e - 2 = about .72 ft/s
    looks like it is moving to the right

    moving to the right when e^t - 2 > 0
    e^t > 2 , let's take ln of both sides
    t ln e > ln2 ,
    t > ln2

    it stops when t = ln2
    now find x(ln2) .

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