Posted by **Helga** on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 6:55am.

A container in the form of a right circular cone of height 16 cm and base radius 4 cm is held vertex downward and filled with liquid. If the liquid leaks out from the vertex at a rate of 4 cm^3/s, find the rate of change of the depth of the liquid in the cone when half of the liquid has leaked out.

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**Steve**, Monday, November 21, 2011 at 9:28am
When the water is x cm deep, and the surface is a circle of radius r

r/x = 4/16

r = x/4

v = pi/3 r^2 x = pi/3 x^2/16 x = pi/48 x^3

Now, what is x when half the liquid is gone?

pi/3 r^2 x = pi/3 * 16 * 16 / 2

x^3/4 = 128

x^3 = 2^11 = 2^9 * 4

x = 8 cbrt(4)

dv/dt = pi/16 x^2 dx/dt

4 = pi/16 * 64 cbrt(16) dx/dt

dx/dt = 64/pi / (128cbrt(2)) = .126 cm/s

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