posted by Adam on .
Water is flowing freely from the bottom of a conical tank which is 12 feet deep and 6 feet in radius at the
top. If the water is flowing at a rate of 2 cubic feet per hour, at what rate is the depth of the water in the
tank going down when the depth is 3 feet.
When the water is x feet deep, and the surface has radius r, then by similar triangles,
x/r = 12/6
x = 2r
r = x/2
So, since the volume of water
v = 1/3 pi r^2 x
= 1/12 pi x^3
dv/dt = pi/4 x^2 dx/dt
-2 = pi/4 (9) dx/dt
dx/dt = -8/(9pi) = -.28 ft^3/hr