Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH 180/December 2017/Question 08 (a)
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Question 08 (a) 

Consider two tanks of water, one above the other, as pictured below. The top tank, which is initially full, is a cylinder of radius and height . The bottom tank, which is initially empty, is a cone of radius and identical volume as the top tank. Suppose water drains at a constant rate from the top tank to the bottom tank. (a) Find the rate at which the depth of water in the bottom tank is increasing when it is equal to . Your answer should be in terms of and . 
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Hint 

Since water drains at a constant rate , it means that the rate of change of the volume of water over time is the constant. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Denote the depth of the water in the bottom tank by and the radius of the cone filled with water with the depth of by . Then, using the ratio between the height and the radius as in the picture on the right, we get .
By the Hint, the rate of change of over time is constant. i.e., . Taking a derivative on both side of the equation with respect to , we have In the second equality, the derivative only hits because and are fixed constants. (i.e., independent of time.) Therefore, at the depth , the rate is .
