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Precalculus 2e

Introduction to Calculus

Precalculus 2eIntroduction to Calculus

Three runners are close together during a race on a track.
Dutch runner Sifan Hassan passes the lead competitors on her way to a victory.

Sifan Hassan, an Ethiopian-born Dutch runner, has dominated distance running for several years. She became the first runner to win both the 1500 and 10,000 meter races at a World Championship. During the Tokyo Olympics, she joined only one other runner in history when she medaled in the rarely attempted distance triple: Winning the and won the gold medal in both the 5000 and 10,000 meter races and winning he bronze in the 1500. Hassan's signature racing style is to stay at the back of the pack for much of the race, and then move up during the final laps.

Hassan does not run at her top speed at every instant. How then, do we approximate her speed at any given instant? We will find the answer to this and many related questions in this chapter.

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