2 Related Rates Problems!!

This 2 questions on my review are killing me and I don't know what to do. Please any help on how to solve these two? Instructions would be helpful.

1. Water is drained out of a tank in the shape of an inverted circular cone with height 9 feet and base radius 6 feet. The water level is decreasing at 1 ft/min. At what rate is the volume decreasing when the water is 6 feet deep?

2. An observer stands 200 meters from the launch site of a hot-air balloon. The balloon rises vertically at a constant rate of 4 m/s. At what rate is the angle between the ground and the observers line of sight to the balloon changing 25 s after the launch pad.

Thank you in advance!

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by

**illicitkush** This 2 questions on my review are killing me and I don't know what to do. Please any help on how to solve these two? Instructions would be helpful.

1. Water is drained out of a tank in the shape of an inverted circular cone with height 9 feet and base radius 6 feet. The water level is decreasing at 1 ft/min. At what rate is the volume decreasing when the water is 6 feet deep?

note that r/h = 6/9 ... manipulate the volume formula for a cone to get V strictly in terms of h, then take the time derivative, sub in your given values and determine dV/dt.
2. An observer stands 200 meters from the launch site of a hot-air balloon. The balloon rises vertically at a constant rate of 4 m/s. At what rate is the angle between the ground and the observers line of sight to the balloon changing 25 s after the launch pad.

right triangle trig ... balloon height is the opposite side, 200 m is the adjacent side. Assign a variable for the height and set up a trig equation in terms of and the height. Take the time derivative, sub in your given/calculated values and determine the angle's rate of change w/r to time.

...

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by

**skeeter** ...

I can't get the equation for the 2nd problem. How do I create the equation?

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

You know the adjacent and opposite sides of the triangle...which trig. function relates the angle to these two sides?

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Well sin? I just don't know how to build the function itself.

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

No, it is the tangent function which is opposite over adjacent (although you can use the Pythagorean theorem to use any trig function you want, I always try to use the given values, rather than compute other values to use if I can help it). Let *x* be the height of the balloon in meters at time *t*, and so you may state:

Now, differentiate with respect to . You are given . Then solve for , and now use the Pythagorean theorem to find the hypotenuse in terms of . Once you have done this, then use , and plug in the given value of .

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

When i differentiate both sides i get: Sec^2(dtheta/dt)=(1/200)*(dx/dt). I think I differentiated wrong?

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

On the left side you should get:

and on the right, you simply have a constant times ...think of it as and so when you differentiate, the right side will be:

and so you have:

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Okay thats exactly what i got. Now You said solve for dtheta, so i divided the sec on both sides and got.

dtheta=((1/sec^2)*(1/200)*(dx/dt). How do I solve this? Idk how to input (1/sec^2) into my calculator.

I know (dx/dt=4 m/s)

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

I would use

Now, cosine is adjacent over hypotenuse, and so by Pythagoras, we may state:

So now we have:

Now, as you observed, use and let to get...

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Okay. Phew. So for the x=4t, I got 100? and after plugging in 100 into x and solving for dtheta, I got .016? It doesn't seem right to me? Anything I missed?

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

I get the same value, which means the angle is increasing by 2/125 radians per second at that moment. This is about 0.92 deg./second.

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

And with the first problem. I know how to do the problem when the rate of the volume is increasing, but I don't know how to solve it when its decreasing. Can you help me on the first one please. I have a test tomorrow and need to know it please please.

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

When I use the equation, V=1/3*pi*r^2*h. I know to solve for r/h=6/9 which skeeter stated about. then i get r=2/3h.

New equation becomes: V=1/3*pi*(1/3h)^2*h. Now I dont know what to do.

Re: 2 Related Rates Problems!!

Using the formula for the volume of a cone, we have:

For any depth of water and radius of the circular surface, their ratio will remain constant, i.e.,

Hence and so, substituting for into the volume, we find:

Now, differentiating with respect to time , we find:

We are told and so to find the change in volume in cubic feet per minute when , we may write: