Posted by Anh on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8:09pm.
Find the maximum volume of right circular cylinder that can be inscribed in a cone of altitude 12 cm and base radius 4 cm, if the axes of the cylinder and con coincide.

calculus  Reiny, Friday, December 9, 2011 at 11:13pm
Try to make a sketch of a cylinder inside a cone
Draw in the altitude, let the height be h
let the radius of the cylinder be r
Look at a cross section of the diagram.
the altitude from the top of the cylinder to the vertex of the cone is 12h
and by similar triangles
(12h)/r = 12/4 = 3/1
3r = 12h
h = 123r
V(cylinder) = πr^2 h
= πr^2 (123r)
= 12πr^2  3πr^3
dV/dr = 24πr  9πr^2 = 0 for a max of V
3πr(8  3r) = 0
r = 0 , clearly yielding a minimum Volume
or
r = 8/3
max V = ....
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