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A 3dimensional structure is obtained from rotating the parabola y=x^2 about the yaxis. Each second, 2π units^3 of water is being poured into the structure from the top. When 8π units^3 of water has been poured in the structure, the instantaneous change in water height level is a/b, where a and b are coprime positive integers. What is the value of a+b?

calculus 
Steve,
when the water depth is a, the volume is
v = ∫[0,a] π x^2 dy
= ∫[0,a] πy dy
= π/2 a^2
dv/dt = πa da/dt
when v=8π, a=4, so since dv/dt=2π,
2π = π(4) da/dt
da/dt = 1/2
1+2=3