1. Calculus

I need some help on this problem. A snowball is melting at the rate of $6.00\; \frac{cm^3}{min}$ If it remains spherical, how fast is the radius decreasing when the radius is $2.00\; cm$ ?

2. Originally Posted by Vitamin
I need some help on this problem. A snowball is melting at the rate of $6.00\; \frac{cm^3}{min}$ If it remains spherical, how fast is the radius decreasing when the radius is $2.00\; cm$ ?
the volume of a sphere is given by:

$V = \frac 43 \pi r^3$

differentiate implicitly with respect to t (time)

$\Rightarrow \frac {dV}{dt} = 4 \pi r^2 \frac {dr}{dt}$

you are given dV/dt (note that this is negative) and r, you want dr/dt, so solve for it

3. ok

Originally Posted by Vitamin
I need some help on this problem. A snowball is melting at the rate of $6.00\; \frac{cm^3}{min}$ If it remains spherical, how fast is the radius decreasing when the radius is $2.00\; cm$ ?
you are given that $\frac{dV}{dt}=-6$...now by using $V_{sphere}=\frac{4}{3}\pi{r^3}$...we have our equation...differntiating we get $\frac{dV}{dt}=4\pi{r^2}\cdot{dr}{dt}$...we know the values of $\frac{dV}{dt}$ and $r$ so plug and solve

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Originally Posted by Jhevon
the volume of a sphere is given by:

$V = \frac 43 \pi r^3$

differentiate implicitly with respect to t (time)

$\Rightarrow \frac {dV}{dt} = 4 \pi r^2 \frac {dr}{dt}$

you are given dV/dt (note that this is negative) and r, you want dr/dt, so solve for it
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5. Originally Posted by Mathstud28
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Originally Posted by Jhevon
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