let be the base angle of the cone.
Note that a line from the center of the circle to the vertex of bisects .
find and maximize ...
I get the value
What is the volume of the largest sphere that can be placed inside a cone with a slant height of 10?
What I've done so far:
- Recognize that finding the largest radius will suufice; once I find it, I can find the volume easily.
- Reduce the problem to a right triangular cross-section with an inscribed semicircle. the semicircle has a diameter that lies on the height of the triangle. A radius has been drawn to the right angle vertex of the triangle, and to the hypotenuse of ten (at a right angle).
If I call the far angle across from the semicircle , then:
Or,Past this, I am stumped. An Implicit derivative doesn't seem to get me anywhere, but it is impossible to fully separate my two variables. Any thoughts?