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    Calculus-Optimization

    Ok, this problem is killing me, can I get some help?

    Find the volume of the largest(maximize) right circular cone that can be inscribed in a sphere of radius 4.



    So, so far ive gotten x^2 + y^2 = 4^2 so y^2 = 4^2 + x^2 the y= sqrroot 16-x^2 and therfore h=4+y so h=4+ sqrroot 16-x^2

    Am I going in the right direction?
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    Well, then I plugged h into teh volume formula, so I had:

    V=(1/3)pi r^2 (4+ \sqrt{16-x^2})

    Then I have to find the derivative of it, but that is what is driving me nuts.

    this was the deriv I got, but how in the world do I simplify this thing? (My algebra isnt that great im finding out.. )
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    V = \frac{\pi}{3} x^2(y+4)

    V = \frac{\pi}{3}(x^2y+4x^2)

    \frac{dV}{dx} = \frac{\pi}{3}(x^2 \frac{dy}{dx} + 2xy + 8x)

    setting \frac{dV}{dx} = 0 ...

    x \frac{dy}{dx} + 2y + 8 = 0

    since \frac{dy}{dx} = -\frac{x}{y} ...

    -\frac{x^2}{y} + 2y + 8 = 0

    -x^2 + 2y^2 + 8y = 0

    (y^2 - 16) + 2y^2 + 8y = 0

    3y^2 + 8y - 16 = 0

    (y+4)(3y-4) = 0

    y = \frac{4}{3}

    x = \sqrt{16 - \frac{16}{9}} = \frac{8\sqrt{2}}{3}

    V_{max} = \frac{2048\pi}{81}
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    now that I think about it, this may be the easier way to go ...

    V = \frac{\pi}{3}x^2(y+4)

    V = \frac{\pi}{3}(16 - y^2)(y+4)

    V = \frac{\pi}{3}(64 + 16y - 4y^2 - y^3)

    \frac{dV}{dy} = \frac{\pi}{3}(16 - 8y - 3y^2)

    \frac{\pi}{3}(16 - 8y - 3y^2) = 0

    \frac{\pi}{3}(4+y)(4 - 3y) = 0

    y = \frac{4}{3} ... and so on.
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    hmmm...ok, so when I get y= 4/3 (since we cant use the -4, cause that just wont work) I plug y back into the V=(pi/3) x^2 (4+y) so I get (pi/3)x^2(16/3) ??

    This problem...sheew, im not liking it ..grrrr
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