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December 19, 2014

Posted by **Kevin** on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:18pm.

A right circular cylindrical can of volume 128tπ cm^3 is to be manufactured by a company to store their newest kind of soup. They want to minimize the surface area of the can to keep costs down.

What are the dimensions of the can with minimum surface area?

The volume of a cyllinder is V= πr^2h, where r is the radius and h is height. The surface area of a cylinder is SA= 2πr^2+2πrh, which is the sum of the area of the top and bottom (2 circles) and the area of the other curved sides (a rectangle, whose length is the circumference of the circles)

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**Reiny**, Friday, March 15, 2013 at 6:03pmThey have provided you with all the formulas you need

given: πr^2h = 128

h = 128/(πr^2)

so in

SA = 2πr^2+ 2πrh

= 2πr^2+ 2πr(128/(πr^2)

= 2πr^2 + 256/r

d(SA)/dr = 4πr - 256/r^2

= 0 for a min SA

4πr = 256/r^2

r^3 =64/π

r = 4/π^(1/3) = appr 2.7311

then h = 128/(πr^2) = 5.46223

notice that this is twice the radius

So the minimum SA is obtained when the

radius is 2.4311 cm

and the height is 5.46223 cm

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