# Math Help - optimization - cylinder in cone

1. ## optimization - cylinder in cone

Find the altitude of the cylinder with the largest volume that can be inscribed inside a right circular cone.

2. See attached picture.

H is the height of the cone; h is the height of the cylinder. R is the radius of the cone; r is the radius of the cylinder. (sorry I don't know why but I called it B and b in the diagram... just pretend B is R and b is r).

By similar triangles,

$\frac{H}{R} = \frac{H-h}{r}$

Solve for h (it will be in terms of r).

Plug this equation for h into the volume function for the cylinder ( $V = \pi*r^2*h$).

Maximise V over [0,R].