October 25th, 2014, 05:29 PM  #1 
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Can someone please help? I'm a Calculus Ab student in highschool and I'm having trouble figuring this problem out. Thanks in advance. A solution is passing through a conical filter 24 inches deep and 16 inches across the top into a cylindrical vessel of diameter 12 inches at a rate of 8 pi in^3/sec. a.) At what rate is the level of the solution in the filter changing when its depth is 12 inches? b.) At what rate is the level of the solution in the cylinder changing? 
October 25th, 2014, 06:13 PM  #2  
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,546 Thanks: 1259  Quote:
$\displaystyle \frac{r}{h}=\frac{1}{3}$ $\displaystyle \frac{dV}{dt}=8 \, ft^3/min$ $\displaystyle V=\frac{\pi}{3} r^2h$ Solve for r in terms of h, sub into the cone volume formula, then take the derivative w/r to time. Sub in your known values & solve for dh/dt. Cylinder part should be easy ... Remember dV/dt will be + because it is filling up. Let's see what you can do.  
October 25th, 2014, 06:31 PM  #3 
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Where did the 1/3 come from?

October 25th, 2014, 08:03 PM  #4 
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The conical filter has a height of 24 inches and a radius of 8 inches so $\large \frac{r}{h}=\frac{1}{3}$.

October 25th, 2014, 08:04 PM  #5 
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