The edge of a cube expands 3 centimeters per second. In the moment in which each edge has a longitude of 10 cm, the volume changes with a velocity of:
a) 300 cm^3/s
b) 900 cm^3/s
Let me try to explain it diffrently. You need to find what $\displaystyle \frac{dV}{dt}$ is at when the side is 10 centimeters because that is the instantenous rate of change in volume. But you know that the volume of a cube is:Originally Posted by bret80
$\displaystyle V=s^3$
Take, the derivative to respect to time, (implictly),
$\displaystyle \frac{dV}{dt}=3s^2\frac{ds}{dt}$
Now, the problem says the side at $\displaystyle s=10$ and the rate which the sides change is $\displaystyle \frac{ds}{dt}=3$ thus,
$\displaystyle \frac{dV}{dt}=3\cdot (10)^2 \cdot 3=900$