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    Another equation

    Here's another one I'm having problems with. The equation given is

    S = \pi r\sqrt{r^2 + h^2}

    and you are supposed to solve for h.

    I attacked it by

    S^2 = \pi^2r^2(r^2 + h^2)
    then
    \frac{S^2}{\pi^2r^2} = r^2 +h^2
    then
    \frac{S^2}{\pi^2r^2}-r^2=h^2
    and finally
    h = \pm\sqrt{\frac{S^2}{\pi^2r^2}-r^2}

    The book gives the answer as

    h = \frac {\sqrt{S^2 -\pi^2 r^4}} {\pi r}

    Am I on the right track but need to complete more steps to get to this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by earachefl View Post
    h = \pm\sqrt{\frac{S^2}{\pi^2r^2}-r^2}

    The book gives the answer as

    h = \frac {\sqrt{S^2 -\pi^2 r^4}} {\pi r}

    Am I on the right track but need to complete more steps to get to this?
    You should multiply the  r^2 with  \frac{\pi^2r^2}{\pi^2r^2}

    And then you can take the square root of the numerator.

    You were nearly there, good job!
    Last edited by janvdl; July 10th 2007 at 02:17 PM. Reason: My sloppy typing :D
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    I'm sorry, I should multiply which 'r'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by earachefl View Post
    Am I on the right track but need to complete more steps to get to this?
    Yes, you have to amplify r^2 with the denominator of the fraction.
    Also, probably h is a positive number (maybe the altitude of a figure).
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    Quote Originally Posted by earachefl View Post
    I'm sorry, I should multiply which 'r'?
    The  r^2 under the root.
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    Quote Originally Posted by red_dog View Post
    Also, probably h is a positive number (maybe the altitude of a figure).
    I agree, I only gave it a quick glance, so I'm not too sure, but it looks like the volume of a cylinder to me...
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