Posted by **Eli** on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 3:01pm.

Melting Snowball: A spherical snowball melts at a rate proportional to its surface area. Show that the rate of change of the radius is constant. (Hint: Surface Area =4(pi)r^2)

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**Steve**, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 3:41pm
dV/dt = kA.

V = (4/3) π r^3 and A = 4 π r^2

dV/dt = d/dt((4/3) π r^3) = (4/3) π 3 r^2 (dr/dt)

Now let's plug that into the first equation:

(4/3) π 3 r^2 (dr/dt) = k A = k(4 π r^2) = 4 π k r^2

So when we simplify by dividing left and right sides by 4 π r^2, we get:

dr/dt = k

which is saying exactly what we wanted to prove: that dr/dt is constant.

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**amy**, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:06pm
Steve you are so smart. thank you. you don't how much it helped me. you save my life from this MMAD MATH INSTRUCTOR

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