1. ## simple alegbra question:

Hi I have the following I need to solve for x

.44m = Sqrt(((4*pi*6m + 2*Pi*6m) * x)^2 + (2*Pi*3.5m*x)^2)

It should be a ridiculously low number, to the third decimal place is all im looking for.

I think my problem is that im not taking the square root properly of the terms which involve x....it's been so long :S

In case anyone is wondering what this formula is for, x is the standard deviation for a measurement for both the height and the radius. .44 is the basically the cumulative standard deviation allowed for the area of a cylindrical tank. This is like grade 10 or 11 math, and I completely forget how to reduce this to solve for x

Alternatively if anyone wants to check my result for the partial derivatives for the surface area id appreciate it

Surface area of a cylinder = 2*Pi*r^2 + 2*pi*r*h

partial SA in respect to r= 4*pi*r + 2*pi*h

partial Surface area in respect to h= 2* Pi * r

2. Originally Posted by Ronball
Hi I have the following I need to solve for x

.44m = Sqrt(((4*pi*6m + 2*Pi*6m) * x)^2 + (2*Pi*3.5m*x)^2)

It should be a ridiculously low number, to the third decimal place is all im looking for.

I think my problem is that im not taking the square root properly of the terms which involve x....it's been so long :S

In case anyone is wondering what this formula is for, x is the standard deviation for a measurement for both the height and the radius. .44 is the basically the cumulative standard deviation allowed for the area of a cylindrical tank. This is like grade 10 or 11 math, and I completely forget how to reduce this to solve for x

Alternatively if anyone wants to check my result for the partial derivatives for the surface area id appreciate it

Surface area of a cylinder = 2*Pi*r^2 + 2*pi*r*h

partial SA in respect to r= 4*pi*r + 2*pi*h

partial Surface area in respect to h= 2* Pi * r

$\displaystyle 0.44m=\sqrt{[(4 \pi 6m+2 \pi 6m)x]^2+[2 \pi 3.5mx]^2}$

$\displaystyle 0.44m = \sqrt{[36 \pi m x]^2+[7 \pi m x]^2}$

squaring both sides,

$\displaystyle [0.44m]^2=[36 \pi m x]^2+[7 \pi m x]^2$

$\displaystyle 0.1936m^2=1296\pi^2m^2x^2+49\pi^2m^2x^2$

$\displaystyle 0.1936m^2=1345\pi^2m^2x^2$

$\displaystyle x^2=\frac{0.1936m^2}{1345\pi^2m^2}$

$\displaystyle x^2=\frac{0.1936}{1345\pi^2}$

$\displaystyle x=\sqrt{\frac{0.1936}{1345\pi^2}}$

$\displaystyle x=\frac{0.44}{\pi \sqrt{1345}}$

now, simplify it.

3. You're a good man, thanks alot!

Gotta bang the rust off hehe!